MUSING WITH CECIL BUFFINGTON ~ Way to go, Joe!
MUSING WITH CECIL BUFFINGTON
Way to go, Joe!
GOD, It was hot! At around 11:25 am, it was already 91 degrees and heading for 96. I walked onto the tee box and hit an eight iron at the 137 yard par three, 16th hole at Pine Hills in Winder. It was a good shot as the ball settled about seven or eight feet from the hole. One of the guy's in my foresome said, "that'll hold up." He was referring to my probably winning the $50.00, closest to the hole prize money on the hole.
I stepped back and watched as my playing partner, Joe, stepped up to take his shot. Joe is not a very big guy, might weigh 150 pounds soaking wet. His club of choice was a 6-iron.
When a golfer steps up to hit their tee shot on a par 3 hole, foremost in their mind is the opportunity to hit the ball into the hole off the tee shot. The goal is always to make an ace or hole-in-one.
Of course, that is something that is not going to happen very often, if at all for the average golfer.
•Odds of making a hole in one is: 3,500 to 1.
•Odds of a tour player making an ace: 3,000 to 1.
•Odds of a low-handicapper making an ace: 5,000 to 1.
•Odds of an average player ( 18 Handicap ) making an ace: 12,000 to 1.
•Odds of two players from the same foursome acing the same hole: 17 million to 1.
•Odds of one player making two holes-in-one in the same round: 67 million to 1.
•There are approximately 450 million rounds of golf played each year in the U.S.
•On average each course has about 25,000 - 30,000 rounds played each year.
•Each course reports 10-15 hole in ones each year.
•A hole in one is scored once every 3,500 golf rounds.
•Only 1-2% of golfers score a hole in one during the year.
•Average years of playing is 24.
•Average handicap of golfers making hole in one is 14.
I didn't pay a great deal of attention as Joe began his downswing on the ball. There are four par 3's in a round on this course, so it's pretty much a ritual of watching your shot or your playing partners shot land somewhere around the green if not on the green.
This shot caught my attention early . . .
Joe hit the ball high and straight. It landed about 15 yards short of the flag and rolled toward the hole. It rolled and rolled and suddenly it disappeared into the hole.
In one swing I had not only seen Joe win my hoped for $50.00 close-up prize, but he had just earned a $500.00 prize for the hole-in-one.
While his fellow threesome was offering congratulations and celebrating the event of a hole-in-one, Joe was just staring at the hole. He was literally at a loss for words. His hands shook nervously and I thought I saw a small tear appear under his left eye. To a golfer, there is not a more ultimate event on the course than a hole-in-one.
Later, Joe told me that he has been playing golf for 37 years and this was his first hole-in-one. It is my firm conviction that good things happen more often for good people than for the not-so-good people of this world. Quite-spoken and very humble Joe is one of the good people of this world. The Golf Gods gave him a just reward with an achievement he'll remember for the rest of his life. Way to go, Joe!
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