Golfer collects ace for 3 straight days

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

There are hot streaks, and then there is what happened to 81-year-old Dom DeBonis.

DeBonis collected a hole-in-one on three consecutive days while on a golf trip with friends to the Grand Strand region near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

DeBonis' run began Oct. 6 when he aced the 112-yard 17th at Farmstead Golf Club in Calabash, North Carolina. He followed that up with a hole-in-one on the 129-yard sixth hole at Thistle Golf Club in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, on Oct. 7. DeBonis' final strike came Oct. 8 at Blackmoor Golf Club in South Carolina from 118 yards out.

"I just couldn't believe it," DeBonis, a native of Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "The guys were going bananas. They said we got to buy lottery tickets, so we went and bought a bunch of lottery tickets."

Amazingly, the aces weren't the first of DeBonis' golf career, or even his only ones in the past two months.

On Sept. 3, DeBonis holed out from 101 yards on the par-3 fifth hole of The Villages, his home course in Florida. Prior to that stroke of luck, it had been 45 years since he had previously marked a 1.

"What happened with me is that for 65 years I've been playing golf and I had one hole-in-one when I lived in New Jersey," DeBonis, a former college golfer, told the Post-Gazette. "Then about three weeks before I got to Myrtle Beach, I had a hole-in-one at The Villages. I was elated because the first one was so long ago."

The odds of acing a hole on three consecutive days are so unlikely that the National Hole-in-One Association has never bothered to crunch the numbers on the probability of it even occurring, according to the Post-Gazette.

DeBonis' run ended at TPC at Myrtle Beach, which he explained by simply saying, "No hole-in-one."