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Beating the odds

Uploaded Thursday, October 17, 2019 3:34PM EST

In the world of golf there is only one “per- fect score” and that is referred to as a Hole- In-One. It is one of the most elusive feats in sports. And the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one is 12,500 to 1. The odds of witnessing not one, but TWO holes-in-one from a group in one round is 1,300,000 to 1. For the group of Craig Wilson, Ken Rada and Mike Mobley, playing golf on October 1 was an incredible experience they will always remember as 2 holes-in-one were registered during their round!

The round at Cobb’s Glen C.C. started out in normal fashion but things really changed when the group approached the par 3 third hole. Rada’s eight iron shot landed the ball just shy of the pin and with one bounce the ball disappeared. With jubilation the group accom- panied Rada to the cup and the celebration began. This was Ken’s 7th hole-in-one during his 53 years playing golf. His last ace came in 2014 at Eagle Point C.C. in Wilmington, N.C. “It never gets old. I cherish the experience and accomplishment of all seven,” he said.

Eight holes later at the 11th hole (par 3), things really became magical when Mobley’s six iron shot found the hole. Craig Wilson was the first to call it, “I think yours went in, wow, another one!” Again the group confirmed the hole-in-one as the ball was resting in the bot- tom of the cup. For Mobley, it was his 4th hole in one during 57 years on the links. His last one happened 22 years ago on this same hole. When asked about the experience, he said,“It’s as if you are Wile E. Coyote and you’ve finally caught the Road Runner. You feel complete happiness and satisfaction. After 22 years it finally happened again. You never know when it will happen again.”

And for Craig Wilson, his 62nd birthday was on this day. What a way to celebrate by beating the odds!


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