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An extremely rare feat in golf: two holes in one in the same foursome

An extremely rare feat in golf: two holes in one in the same foursome

August 21, 2023 will forever be etched in the memories of two septuagenarian golfers. François Chartrand and Roger Giroud achieved a real feat on the greens of the Vallée de Richelieu Golf Club. In the same quartet, they each achieved a very rare hole-in-one at two different flags during the same round.

The odds of this series of events making everyone dream of a little white ball?


Because given that the average golfer has a 1 in 12,000 chance of hitting a hole-in-one, we should double the odds. Every success is independent, as mathematician and statistician Maxime Guy Matte has previously shown Newspaper I called him to explain the chances of a golfer from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu scoring an ace on three different cards in 37 days. The following season, it was the turn of a Laurentians golfer to accomplish the feat.

According to statistics from the American organization National Hole-in-One Registry, which collects data all over the planet, the odds of two golfers in the same group hitting a hole-in-one in the same place is 17 million versus a.

The first surprise

This time, the two members of the prestigious Vallée-du-Richelieu club, located in Saint-Juli, achieved a remarkable feat on the magnificent Rouville course.

As a bonus, the first one there, at the fourth flag, looked like Babe Ruth before the start. On the way to the coup in his life, Roger Giroux, 77 years old, has a lantern in his pockets, in the banner, he has a marque on his phone “1” on the one who wears the fan on the phone. in the same place.

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Like the Bambino when he got to the plate at that time, Mr. Giroux pointed to his target.

“I told them that I can prove that it is not just a matter of luck, but above all a matter of skill,” he said over the phone in a conversation with. Newspaper.

“We never saw the ball fall into the hole, because it was hidden behind the slope and the hole. Once I got to the green, I headed toward the hole and saw the ball there. It was a big surprise. I played a joke that paid off.

Golfer Roger Giroux has scored his fourth ever tee shot on the Rouville course at the Vallée du Richelieu Golf Club.

Courtesy Alan Gunn

The little white girl disappears

Two hours later, François Chartrand, aged ten, imitated himH165 yards long.

Unlike its companion, the group saw the ball land just in front of the green and roll toward the flag before disappearing.

In more than 55 years of coaching, it was the first one-in-one hit for the 79-year-old, who pitches between 120 and 150 innings a year.

“The feeling is unbelievable. “I never gave up hope, but I was on the verge of coming back so often that I told myself it would happen one day,” recounted the affable golfer who witnessed moments of glory for three of his friends in the Vallée de Richelieu.

He had never seen anything like it before

Data from the National Hole-One Registry indicate that golfers who achieve a hole-in-one do so after an average of 24 years of practice. Additionally, 60% of ace shots are made by golfers age 50 or older.

Around the champagne bottles and other glasses at 19 o’clockH Ultimately, the guests were not necessarily talking about one or another of the achievements, but rather about the possibilities of counting two in the same foursome.

According to club records seen by a friend, this has never happened since the club opened in 1966. It now has about 1,100 members.

In this season alone, he recorded 28 aces. Among many, Marcel Emond achieved sixth place in four years!

One hole-in-one is recorded in every 3,500 rounds of golf

Odds of achieving a hole-in-one by a professional: 1 in 3,000

Odds of a player hitting two holes-in-one in the same round: 67 million to 1

14% of successes are achieved by women

Most popular clubs: 7-iron and 8-iron (14% each)

57% of holes in one are made by golfers with an average handicap index (10 to 19)

Hole-in-one par 5!

It has been performed 5 times in history according to English records.

Only 5 golfers could have achieved this ultimate feat.
The first dates back to 1962, at 480 yards. Larry Bruce took a shortcut by flying over the trees on a twisty hole at Hope Country Club in Arkansas.

*According to the National Single Hole Registry
** According to the US PGA