Woman has two aces in the same round of golf
August 27, 2018 01:57 PM
CLAVERACK – With the summer winding down, and before school and work ramps up after Labor Day, this week may be a good week to squeeze in another round of golf. And every time you step on the tee, don't you think about it? That one great shot that ends with a "1" on the scorecard.
The odds of the average golfer getting a hole-in-one are 12,000 to one, according to the National Hole in One Registry. For two in the same round? That's 67 million to one.
This summer, it happened to a golfer from Waconah Country Club in Dalton, Massachusetts, who did it at Columbia Golf & Country Club.
Kimiko Akimoto, who turns 60 later this year, posted her two aces on June 25 during the Ladies Invitational. The shots came on the 7th and 17th holes.
"After the game I called my husband. Right away," she said. "I had a hole-in-one. I had two," she told him. "He didn't say a word. And there was a silent moment. I had two holes in one."
He's had two in his lifetime. She tied him in one afternoon.
Akimoto aced the 130-yard seventh hole with a 6-iron: her playing partner Chris Eugin said, "oh, it's on the green." Akimoto started to clean up her club and put it back but Eugin kept watching, "Kimiko, it's coming down. It's coming toward the pin." Kimiko just ignored it.
"And she said I think it's dropped in. It disappeared. Yea sure," Akimoto said. "I thought it's behind the pin which often happens. I never thought it was in, really. So I couldn't believe that."
At #17, she used her 7-iron from 125-yards. She struck that one pure: "And after three bounces dropped in. That's when I was really... don't know what happened...it was just...a beautiful shot I must say. That was a beautiful shot."
"I was in the back trying to do a little special presentation for that afternoon and then they come around and I hear that the second one happened and there was this," said Evan Silkworth, the first year head pro at Columbia Golf & CC. "No one really believed it, it was almost this aura of just disbelief. It came in and actually happened. Kimiko could not have been any more gracious about the entire process. She was kind of in shock really as much as anything else."
Each time, she took the ball out of play, which is customary. She only brought three golf balls with her and wasn't even sure she'd play that day since it had been raining that morning.
"Two in one round is unbelievable," said Silkworth, who has worked as a teacher in NYC and for the PGA of America in Florida. "Most people if they have a single hole in one their entire life that's an accomplishment that they remember forever. The idea that you had two in the same day is unbelievable. I don't even have one."
"That was very unbelievable," she said. "It was an unbelievable day."
Updated: August 27, 2018 01:57 PM
Created: August 27, 2018 12:25 PM
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