Before this weekend, Dean McPherson was like many golfers. He had played the game for about 22 years and never had a hole-in-one.
Now he has two.
McPherson made the first ace of his golfing career Friday at Johnson City Country Club. And, before the excitement had a chance to subside, he did it again on Saturday.
“It was crazy,” said McPherson a 40-year-old North Carolina native who has lived in Johnson City for about 12 years. “The first one was really fun, but the second one, we almost couldn’t believe it.”
McPherson’s first hole-in-one came on the 17th hole, and it was right at the pin. He hit a pitching wedge 125 yards and he and his playing partners Rob McKenzie, Trevor McPeek and Steve Chaffin all saw it go into the hole.
“Everybody got excited,” McPherson said. “I never really even thought about it that much. It’s not something you think about until it goes in. Then it was crazy.”
Saturday’s ace came at the seventh hole, and the ball took a little turn on a hill on the green before falling. The 4-hyrbid shot went 180 yards. Steve Myers, Tyler Larsen and Arch Jones witnessed the ace.
“We all talked it in,” McPherson said. “We were talking to it the whole way. It actually paused for a second on the side before we saw it tip over.
“I was like ‘There’s no way this is happening twice,’ ” he said.
McPherson said his buddies’ reactions were what made it such a special occasion. They threw their clubs in the air to celebrate the unlikely feat.
“When I turned around, seeing their faces was were as cool as seeing the ball going in,” he said. “We all threw our clubs in the air. If we had a video, we could sell it.”
Jones was about to hit next, so he had a club in one hand and a tee and ball in the other. He threw them all in celebration.
“I had to go find everything before I could hit,” he said. “It was really something.”
So, after an entire career of never pulling off golf’s perfect shot, McPherson made two in a span of eight holes, covering two days.
“What are the odds of that?” Jones said.
The National Hole-In-One Association says the probability of making holes-in-one on consecutive days is one in 5.7 million.
“I wasn’t even thinking about the second one,” McPherson said. “All I was trying to do what get a ball on the green because we had a match.”
For the record, McPherson shot 83 on Friday and 79 on Saturday.
And they’ll be rounds he’ll remember for the rest of his life.comments powered by Disqus