Two golfers hit a hole-in-one on the same day at the same course

Published: May. 17, 2020 at 11:14 PM CDT
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At it's foundation, golf has a pretty simple concept. Get a little white ball, into an empty cup in as few swings as possible. Naturally, doing it with one swing is the best outcome.

For the average golfer, it could take some time. The odds of hitting a hole in one.. is over 12,000-to-1. The odds of two golfers hitting a hole in one at the same course on the same day is over 30,000-to-1. That's exactly what happened at The Tanglewood golf course in Pottsboro.

On hole number 7, Felicia McAnaney sank her tee shot for an ace, and on the 4th hole, Pat Halfmann sent his first swing into the hole. A feat that neither had accomplished before.

"As soon as I hit it, I was thankful, I said 'That's going on the green.' You just know when you feel a good hit," said McAnaney. "We just watched it roll in the hole, and I didn't want to believe it. I thought it was behind the stick. My partner got more excited than I did. Until we got up there."

"I wasn't sure if it rolled over the back or not, the players I was playing with, they knew it was in," said Halfmann. "They beat me there to it. They were more excited, I was just in shock."

At Tanglewood, a hole in one is recorded about ten times a year, but never twice on the same day.

"I've never seen it in all the years I've been playing," said Tanglewood PGA Director of Golf Mike Fish. "Which is over 40 years, so it is my first time."

When it comes to the pros, any time they tee off on a par 3 there's a chance it ends up at the bottom of the cup. For the rest of us, there's a little luck involved.

"We don't dream of hitting it off the tee box, and it going in the hole," said Halfmann. "We don't plan on it. But when it does, it's an amazing feeling."

"it was a ball I found out here. I can it my water ball, you hit it over the pond just in case you lose it," said McAnaney. "But it turned out to be a pretty good ball I guess."

Tanglewood is the host course for several tournaments throughout the year where you can test your luck to sink a hole in one, including one that is very special to the Halfmann family.

"I'm the founder of the be a friend scholarship fund for Pottsboro," said Halfmann. "We still plan to have a 2-man scramble on August 22nd. It's a for a great cause, we've got our scholarship winners this year already picked. I'd love to see everyone come out and enjoy themselves."

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