Amateur records two aces in single round
Laura Diaz etched her name in the LPGA history books last weekend with two aces in two rounds, but John Ponter proved there's hope for the high handicappers, too.
Ponter, 53, nabbed two holes-in-one in one round while on a golf vacation with three friends in Myrtle Beach, S.C., March 19.
The Baden, Penn., resident and his group nearly missed out on a spot at Oyster Bay Golf Links, which is located in Sunset Beach, N.C., but were able to get on after a last-minute cancellation.
Ponter, who started his round on the back nine, hit a 9-iron into the 109-yard 15th hole to avoid water guarding the front of the green. He chose the right club.
"I got lucky. It was headed to the pin, bounced a couple of times and rolled right in the hole," Ponter said. "In plain view, it was kind of cool.
"I didn't think that much of it. The guys I was with seemed to be much more excited, one of them has had three."
But that wasn't it for Ponter. On the 135-yard hole No. 6, he had deja vu.
"It was the same thing. It was kind of surreal. It bounced a couple of times and went in," Ponter said. "It was very much like the first one. In plain view, we could see it drop in."
But, if you ask Ponter's wife, he doesn't deserve all the credit. Ponter used his 8-iron for the second ace, which is part of a new set of clubs his wife bought him for Christmas.
He replaced his 15-year-old set of clubs with a set of TaylorMade Rocketbladez. His wife said that the pair of aces has at least something to do with the hardware change.
After two holes-in-one, Ponter went on to card an 89, his best score of the week.
"I definitely have my share of chunks and water balls. I had one or two snowmen and maybe a nine. But those holes (in-one) were really fun," said Ponter, who has golfed for years but does not play frequently.
After his improbable feat, Ponter wanted to commemorate the moment with a picture on his phone. He snapped a couple of blurry photos, but could not figure out how to make them more clear. After his trip, he took his phone in to find out that there was a plastic lens cover left on his newly purchased phone.
"Here it is that I have two holes-in-one and the only problem is that the film is over the lens. How stupid do I feel? I can laugh at it now," Ponter said.
Pictures or not, Ponter took home both of his balls, a few commemorative items from the pro shop and his memories.