The National Hole-in-One Registry has determined that the odds of making two aces in one round are 67 million-to-1.
Cliff Romme just defied those odds.
Playing Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, the 77-year-old had two holes-in-one in a four-hole stretch during a recent round.
“It started off as probably my worst round in several weeks. I just could not keep the ball in the right spots,” Romme told Phoenix TV station Fox 10 about the inauspicious start to his day. But then came the par-3, 124-yard fourth hole.
After teeing off, he didn’t see it go in. In fact, as he approached the green, he had his wedge in his hands because he didn’t see his ball on the green. That’s when one of his playing partners told him “look in the hole,” Romme said. “And here it was.”
Three holes later was the par-3 seventh.
“I hit it again and the ball, it was another nice hit,” he said. “It felt good, it went up high, had a little bit of a draw, hit the green and rolled down the hill and right in hole.”
This time he kept his eyes, and ears, on the ball.
“Clunk. We could actually hear it,” he said. “I was a little numb,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Orange Tree later gave him a red pin flag as a souvenir.
One of 40 in an area golf group dubbed “The Bogey Boys”, Romme did admit that he bought a lottery ticket on his way home, just in case there still some luck left in his day, but he struck out with that purchase.