Ian Stawicki wasn’t speculated to be enjoying golf on Tuesday.
However his boss at Traditional Lanes in Greenfield texted him on Monday to see if he needed to play within the Stars and Stripes Scramble at The Golf Membership in Lumeira. With the bowling alley closed this week, the 40-year-old Stawicki was round.
Sammy Williams, 27, was collaborating for the third yr in a row within the occasion benefiting native veterans. The bodily therapist was one of many first to take off in thirteenth place.
By the tip of the rounds, the 2 golf-loving odds can be tied collectively by odd strokes of pot with the primary holes in a single popping up on the identical day on the identical occasion on the identical gap.
Ace Williams got here in on the fortunate 13, utilizing a 9 iron from a entrance tee at 114 yards.
“I simply obtained up there to hit after which fly and she or he’s like ‘Oh, that is a very good streak if it is lengthy sufficient,'” Williams stated. Then bounce, bounce in. And you could possibly see all of it the best way as a result of we had been on the excessive tee field.
“As a result of it was the primary gap, principally no person began enjoying but. It was a gunshot begin. So everybody heard me screaming like ‘Oh, that appears like a little bit extra thrilling than a hen.’ “”
Stawicki’s group was simply working and she or he puzzled what was making the altercation. A couple of hours later they reached the thirteenth gap. Stawicki was enjoying golf with three girls, so he was the one one to go off 176 yards utilizing a 7-iron.
“I hit him and on the left facet of the beginning of the inexperienced there’s a hill,” Stawicki stated. “He was happening into the opening and I hit him and I used to be strolling away from him. I noticed the ball rolling after which I misplaced it and I stated, ‘Okay.’ Everybody was like, ‘The place did you go?’”
I stated, ‘I do not wish to say that, however he is perhaps within the gap. They had been like, ‘Yeah, proper. no matter.’ So we go all the way down to the following stage till they go off and my buying cart companion goes ‘I do not see your ball on the inexperienced. Are you certain?’ I stated, “I am certain she’s on the inexperienced.”
Once they arrived for a better examination, a beacon of sunshine illuminated the opening. All that was lacking was a choir of rumored angels.
“The solar was shining on the ball,” Stawicki stated. “So the golf ball lit up and you could possibly see it. I simply began appearing loopy.”
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He quickly discovers essentially the most uncommon coincidence.
“They’d 5 within the gap, they usually stated ‘another person had one in that gap two hours in the past,’” Stawicki stated. “I am like ‘was this the identical gap?’
Shortly after a Stawicki shot, Williams completed her run twelfth.
“The camper lady got here and went, ‘Oh, I hate to let you know,’ stated Williams, ‘however I simply gave a bullet to a different man who hit one gap in the identical gap I did.” I’m like “Actually?”
Employees on the Camelot golf membership estimate they common three holes in a single per yr. It’s not instantly clear if what Stawicki and Williams achieved has ever occurred within the state. But it surely occurred in Illinois in 2017, with a narrative on PGA.com stating that “in keeping with the Nationwide Gap-in-One File, the percentages of two beginner golfers getting aces on the identical gap on the identical golf course on the identical day About 17 million to 1”.
For this uncommon feat, Stawicki and Williams divided two instances of Sprecher Root Beer given to the golfer “closest to the pin” on the Stars and Stripe Scramble.
Stawicki stated he performs about 12 outings a yr, with one other outing in just a few weeks.
“I’m extra of an avid bowler participant,” Stawicki stated. “And I’ve 300 multiplayer matches. I imply, first gap in a single, perhaps you set your self up a stage greater and now you need one other stage.”
Williams performed golf at Sussex Hamilton Excessive Faculty and Lakeland Faculty. You continue to get the course as soon as a month. This ace has lit the fires of rivalry.
She stated, “I will maintain enjoying. My dad has three, so I’ve extra to get.”