Coming Up Aces on The Golf Island: Back-to-Back Holes-in-One at Sea Pines’ Atlantic Dunes Defy All Probability
Twenty-nine-year-old Jeffery Johnson of Woodstock, Ga. and 72-year-old Mike Logan of Fla. – strangers playing together on vacation – both wrote a “1” on their scorecards on the par-3 10th hole on Atlantic Dunes.
“It was pretty wild,” Johnson told the Island Time Blog. “Mike told us it had been 30 years since he had a hole-in-one. He stepped up to the tee and dunked it in and we all went crazy. We were high fiving him and jumping up and down.”
Long used a five-hybrid from approximately 107 yards. Johnson then pegged his ball at the 170-yard blues tees (which played to 150 yards with the front pin location), pulled out his pitching wedge, took a practice swing, then made a smooth swing that four seconds later led to complete bedlam.
“Right after we celebrated Mike’s hole-in-one I looked at the guys and was like, ‘so I have to follow that?,’” Johnson says. “It felt pretty good from the moment I made contact with the ball and then the next thing I know we’re celebrating another one.”
As it turns out, the ace was Johnson’s second of the year. At the time. During the very next round he’d play back in Woodstock, he carded his third-ever hole-in-one at the Town Lake Hills Golf Club.
“I was lucky that my friends were playing with me or no one would have believed me,” Johnson says, laughing. “Some golfers play their entire life and don’t even have one, so I feel fortunate.”
Fortune must have something to do with it, because Johnson and Dixon’s feat is borderline impossible.
According to the PGA of America, 49% of all holes-in-one in the U.S., annually, are made by golfers between the ages of 40 and 59. Another 16% are recorded by women with an average age of 55. Oh, and the average handicap across all golfers who make aces?
Johnson is a 7-handicap who grew up playing baseball. That’s right, “ones” on the scorecard are hard to come by for golfers who are young, athletic and highly-skilled. Men over 70 are just as unlikely to make a hole-in-one.
Pardon the pun but go figure.
“Atlantic Dunes was a memorable course, but now it’s an unforgettable course and memory for me,” Johnson says. “It’s a challenging golf course, I found it to be harder than Heron Point [by Pete Dye] but not as hard as Harbour Town Golf Links.”
Sea Pines Resort Head Golf Professional Bobby Downs remarked that in his 38 years on Hilton Head Island, he’d never heard of anything quite like Johnson and Long’s accomplishment.
Based on sheer probability, it might be another 38 years before we see it again.
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