North Dakota man nets 2 holes-in-one
FARGO -- Troy Radermacher had the kind of day statisticians calculate happens only once in 67 million rounds of golf.
His friends, when told of his achievement, told him he should rush to buy a lottery ticket.
On the 116-yard 15th hole at Oxbow Country Club on Sunday, Radermacher swung his pitching wedge and watched the ball land and then roll - slowly, slowly, slowly, he would later say - before dropping into the cup.
The 30-year-old Ellendale, N.D., man scored a hole-in-one, his first ever.
Then, less than an hour later, on the 135-yard 5th hole, he did it again.
This time wielding his 9-iron, Radermacher hit his ball and watched as it landed in front of the hole, then crawled obligingly into the cup.
Then awed silence turned into an eruption of yells and high fives.
Two aces in one round of golf by the same player.
One in 67 million, according to odds calculated for Golf Digest.
"That is just unbelievable," Radermacher said, when informed later of what Google had to say about what he did. "You almost can't put it in words."
An accountant, Radermacher is better at hitting golf balls than describing stunned disbelief.
"We all just looked at each other," he said, recalling the reaction of his golfing trio. "We were still amazed with the first one."
Enter brothers Troy Bommersbach, also of Ellendale, and Tim Bommersbach, Sartell, Minn., friends, golfing partners and witnesses to Radermacher's improbable round of golf.
"You look at each other like it's nuts," Troy Bommersbach said. "How are you ever going to tell people?"
Enter Peggy Sola, on the staff in the pro shop at Oxbow, who recorded the round for posterity.
"It was like, are you kidding me?" she said. "It just doesn't happen. A hole-in-one isn't all that amazing. But two on the same day by the same guy is amazing."
Oxbow golf professional John Dahl estimates the course sees maybe 10 or a dozen holes-in-one a year. But he doesn't believe the course, which opened in 1975, has witnessed two holes-in-one by the same golfer in the same round before.
It happened by fluke. Radermacher and his friends played nine holes in Gwinner, N.D., Saturday, followed by 27 holes in Hankinson.
They wanted to conclude their golfing weekend Sunday in Fargo, and first called Edgewood, but couldn't get a morning tee time because a tournament was being held.
Even though they weren't members, they called Oxbow and were allowed to start on the back nine. The course was crowded - lots of golfers wanted to get a round in before the predicted high winds.
Radermacher managed to beat the high winds, although he had to contend with gusts of 15 to 20 mph.
Then he managed to obliterate the odds.
"It still seems so weird," Radermacher said.
For the record, his score for 18 holes at Oxbow was a par 72. Not bad for a guy with a 13 handicap.
Did we mention that he aced two par-3 holes? Somebody should call the newspaper.