PLYMOUTH, Mass – Karen Rowley has been playing golf for 15 years and never had a hole-in-one.
No big deal, right? Some of us may never experience the feat, and those of us lucky or skilled enough to write “1” on the card is truly a day that is never forgotten.
According to the National Golf Foundation, the odds of making a hole-in-one are 1 in 3500? In the United States over 128,000 holes-in-one are scored each year.
Rowley, a member of White Cliffs Country Club, who sports a 23-handicap, recorded an amazing feat. She registered two holes-in-one within a six-day stretch.
On Labor Day, Sept. 3, Rowley knocked a pitching wedge into the cup on the par 3, 84-yard, thirteenth hole while playing with Mary Pollack, Lee Pollack and Eric Nee.
Then just five days later, on Saturday of the same week, Sept. 8, she aced the par 3, 106-yard, fifteenth hole using an 8-iron while playing with Maureen MacDonald, Joan Proctor and Janet Gorman.
It was a memorable and happy week at White Cliffs for the healthcare industry executive for two reasons.
First, she will frame the two hole-in-one golf balls on a custom plaque to be hung on the wall of her finely-appointed condo. And reason No. 2 is – as we all know – golf has a silly tradition where the player who makes the ace buys the drinks, which means an expensive bar tab.
The most common greeting from White Cliff members to Rowley now is not “hello” but rather “any hole-in-ones this week?”