Closing with an ace and albatross

Dan Mills has been playing golf for 40 years and plays five or six times per week so you would expect him to do something outstanding now and then.

But last weekend, the 53-year-old native of Toronto flew off the charts with a hole-in-one and an albatross (double eagle) on successive days at Sara Bay Country Club.

And he did it while playing in the prestigious Green Jacket Championship with Clark Court as his partner.  Unfortunately, they didn't win the two-man tournament.

On Friday, Mills loft a pitching wedge onto the green on the 130-yard No. 4 hole. It rolled into the cup for his first career ace. It was his last hole of the day.

On Saturday, he knocked his drive 273 yards in good position on the fairway of the par-5 18th hole. Again, it was his last hole of the day.

Mills said he had 202 yards left to the hole, and the ball was sitting up in a perfect position.

So, he smacked his 21-degree hybrid toward the green.
"I knew I hit it good," he said.  "It was late in the day and I just couldn't see where it finished."

How about in the hole.

Daren King said the odds of a low-handicap amateur of making a hole in one are 15,000 to 1 and about 6 million to 1 for the double eagle.

"I can't imagine the odds of this feat in back-to-back rounds," said King.

Mills has been a member at Sara Bay for two years, and his best round at the difficult Donald Ross course was a 74. He is retired from an air cargo business in Canada.


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