Ian Stawicki wasn’t even imagined to play golf on Tuesday.
However his boss at Traditional Lanes in Greenfield, Wisconsin, texted him Monday to see if he wished to play within the Stars and Stripes Scramble at The Golf Membership in Lomira. With the bowling alley closed this week, Stawicki, 40, was inside.
Sami Williams, 27, was taking part for the third consecutive 12 months within the occasion that advantages native veterans. The bodily therapist was one of many first to tee off at quantity 13.
On the finish of their rounds, the 2 unusual golf lovers they’d be united by unusual strokes of destiny together with his first holes in a single on the identical day, on the similar occasion, on the similar gap.
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Williams’ ace got here on that Fortunate No. 13, utilizing a 9-iron off the striker’s tees for 114 yards.
“I obtained as much as bat after which I used to be flying and I used to be like, ‘Oh, that is a very good line if it is lengthy sufficient,'” Williams stated. “Then we stated ‘Oh, it bounced proper in entrance of the outlet.'” Then he bounced, bounced, inside. And you could possibly see all the best way as a result of we have been on the elevated tee.
“As a result of it was the primary gap, principally nobody had began taking part in but. It was an surprising begin. So all of them heard me yell and stated, ‘Oh, that appears to be a bit extra thrilling than a birdie.’ “
Stawicki’s group was on the march and he questioned what the fuss was about. Just a few hours later they reached the thirteenth gap. Stawicki was taking part in golf with three girls, so he was the one one to shoot from 176 yards with a 7-iron.
“I hit it and on the left facet of the start of the inexperienced there’s a hill,” Stawicki stated. “And he leans into the outlet and I hit him and I used to be strolling away. I noticed the ball roll after which I misplaced it and stated ‘OK’. Everyone else was like ‘The place did he go?’
“I stated, ‘I do not need to say it, however I could possibly be within the gap.’ They have been like ‘Yeah, positive. No matter.’ So we go all the way down to the subsequent degree for them to play and my cart mate says ‘I do not see your ball on the inexperienced.’ Are you positive?’ I informed him, ‘I am positive it is on the inexperienced.’ “
Once they arrived for a more in-depth inspection, there was a beacon of sunshine illuminating the outlet. All that was lacking was a choir of heraldic angels.
“The solar was actually shining on the ball,” Stawicki stated. “Then it lit up the golf ball and you could possibly see it. And I began freaking out.”
He quickly found the even crazier coincidence.
“That they had a quintet on the highest gap, and so they stated ‘Any individual else had one on that gap a pair hours in the past,'” Stawicki stated. “I am like ‘This was the identical gap?’ They stated ‘Sure’ and I stated ‘That is loopy!’ “
Not lengthy after Stawicki’s shot, Williams completed his spherical in twelfth place.
“The cart woman came visiting and stated, ‘Oh, I hate to interrupt it to you, however I simply took photographs at one other man who put a hole-in-one on the identical gap you probably did,'” Williams stated. “I am like ‘Actually?’ “
Staff at The Golf Membership at Camelot estimate that they common three holes in a single per 12 months. It is not instantly clear if what Stawicki and Williams achieved has occurred earlier than within the state. Nevertheless it occurred in Illinois in 2017, with a narrative on PGA.com and famous that “in line with the Nationwide Gap-in-One Registry, the chances of two novice golfers hitting aces on the identical gap on the identical golf course on the identical day are roughly 17 million to 1.”
For that uncommon feat, Stawicki and Williams cut up two instances of Sprecher Root Beer given to the golfer “closest to the pin” within the Stars and Stripe Scramble.
Stawicki stated he performs in a couple of dozen begins a 12 months, with one other in a couple of weeks.
“I am extra of an avid bowler,” Stawicki stated. “And I’ve had a number of 300 video games. My first gap in a single, I imply, possibly it set you up for the next degree and now you need one other one.”
Williams performed golf at Sussex Hamilton Excessive College and Lakeland Faculty. He nonetheless follows the course as soon as a month. That ace has stoked the aggressive fires.
“I’ll preserve taking part in,” he stated. “My dad has three, so I’ve to get extra.”