Murray accomplishes rare double hole-out

Technically, Lindsay Murray should have given up the game of golf by now. At least that was the claim she made Sept. 14, just before the end of a wild round that saw Murray card both a double eagle and a hole-in-one.

Murray, a freshman at Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City, Ohio, stepped onto the ninth tee at Reid South in Springfield that day after making the first double eagle of her career – a holed 3-wood from 215 yards at No. 4. 

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Lindsay Murray

Murray, 14, was playing in a nine-hole golf match against Kenton Ridge, and remembers a playing opponent joking that she wanted a picture and an autograph if Murray were to end her round with another hole-out. Murray doubted her chances.

“I was like, ‘No, I don’t think you understand. If I make this shot, I’m just going to run straight off the golf course. You’re going to have to bring my bag in,’ ” she recalled.

Murray had played the course a week earlier, and knew the 138-yard, par-3 finishing hole was a perfect 8-iron. After she hit the shot, she immediately wondered if it had a chance as it tracked straight for the pin, hit the sloped green, and began rolling toward the hole.

“Words can’t even describe; it was unbelievable,” Murray said of watching her second hole-out.

As for what happened next, Murray only can remember dropping her club, walking back to her bag and sitting down, somewhat in shock. Murray’s father, Scott, in his first year as the Tippecanoe golf coach, saw it all happen. Scott also saw the double eagle at the fourth, as did Murray’s older sister, Laura, a senior on the Tippecanoe team who was playing in another group close by.

“The first one was pretty much just on-line and then it just rolled up and went in,” Scott said. “... The second one, she got a nice kick and it just kind of rolled in the back of the hole. I’ve seen other holes-in-one before but it was spectacular to see them both in the same round, that’s for sure.”

The concept of backing up a double eagle with a hole-in-one had already occurred to Scott that day. In fact, he mentioned the possibility to Lindsay on No. 7, telling her she would be just the fourth person in history to achieve both in the same round. Scott had read an article before the match about the late John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, accomplishing the feat.

Lindsay didn’t consider it too seriously. In fact, she just laughed and continued to play. She had safely tucked the double-eagle ball – a Titleist Pro-V1 on loan from Laura that she had marked with Rickie Fowler’s name and a few hearts for good measure – into the depths of her bag. On a lark, she pulled it out at the ninth, but it’s safe to say the ball has officially reached retirement.

Lindsay finished the nine-hole round with a 2-under 34, three shots higher than her personal-best round of 31. Darkness and homework didn’t allow much celebrating – or another nine – but the team did get in a quick trip to Taco Bell. Lindsay realizes her total could have been much lower after going 5 under in two holes, and she views it as a good lesson on the importance of her short game.

“If I could have not three-putted, it would have been so much lower,” she said, adding that Laura has always had the stronger short game. 

The Murrays are a golfing family, and Lindsay has been playing since she was 5 years old. After falling one shot short of match play this summer at the U.S. Girls’ Junior, Lindsay’s main goal is to make match play at next year’s event.

Needless to say, she’s not giving up this game any time soon.

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