What began as an ordinary weekend golf outing among old friends and weekend turned into something extraordinary on Jan. 20.
After Bud Ferguson took his shot at the par-3, 154-yard 14th hole at Centennial Valley Country Club, Tony Palmer took his turn.
Nice swing. Boom. Hole in one.
"Guess I won that hole," he told his companions.
David Spear was next. "This is gonna be anticlimactic" he said.
Boom. Another hole in one.
The next shot, by Greg West, was indeed anticlimactic.
Mike Smith, the golf pro at CVCC, did some checking after hearing the news. The odds of two golfers both making a hole-in-one on back-to-back swings are 17 million to 1.
Palmer, who had once made a a hole in one on a par-4 hole, used a 6-iron on the par-3. Spear used a hybrid wood.
"You're talking about two older golfers hitting a long iron and the hybrid wood, which means you don't have as much control," Smith said. "They were not hitting wedges in there. It makes it even more impressive. You have to have some skill to make a hole in one but you need a little good fortune."
Smith said he's talked to colleagues and hasn't heard about any golfers acing holes on back-to-back swings.
"We've heard about guys in the same foursome making holes in one or we've had a golfer make two holes in one of the same round but I've never heard of holes in one on back-to-back swings," Smith said. "I had just come back to the club after running som errands and I was going out the door when I was told Tony and David made hole in ones. Yeh, and they were back to back, they told me very nonchalantly like it happens 20 times every day.
"But David told me he had been playing golf 43 years and never thought he would make one. Every golfer needs to make a hole in one at least once in their lifetime."
Palmer works for Lindsey Management in Bryant but regularly plays with his friends in Conway.
"Every golf pro has a good story or two to tell and this is definitely one of them," said Smith.