Chocorua golfer experiences hole-in-one, times two
Jim Machowski of Chocorua displays the driver he used to score back-to-back holes-in-one at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough earlier this month. (JAMIE GEMMITI/CONWAY DAILY SUN)
And aced it.
Then he teed off on the 249-yard second hole — and aced that, too.
"I mean, what are the odds of it happening once, let alone twice in a row? I mean, it's insane."
According to US Hole in One, a Philadelphia company that provides insurance to tournaments offering expensive prizes for holes-in-one, the odds of back-to-back aces are 156 million to 1 — but that's for par-3 holes. The company's website doesn't provide odds on back-to-back aces on par-4's.
"I live for the game of golf," he said, "but I also know firsthand, it's the hardest game to play."
Machowski, who works at Discount Beverages in North Conway, described himself as a quiet and private person who doesn't play in tournaments. He said he's not a member of any golf club and simply enjoys playing with friends.
"The sun was so bright and in our eyes that we didn't see where the ball actually went," Machowski said. "After driving towards the green in our carts, I started walking around looking for my ball. I looked everywhere until Joe, looking down into the hole, yelled that he found it. My immediate reaction was, 'This can't really be actually happening.'"
"I hit it really well, and Joe says he knows it's close to the green," Machowski said. "Now on that hole, there's a little uphill to it and a soft spot just before the green. We get to the green, and again I can't find my ball. For giggles, Joe starts running to the hole, saying it's there. Then he pulls the pin out."
"I'm totally dumbfounded and thinking, 'No one is going to believe this,' " Machowski recalled.
Ridgewood head pro Mike Uhlman wasn't at the club when Machowski and his partners went to report his feat.
After reporting his feat, Machowski said, he remained low-key the rest of the day.