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Ace Venture
Jack McCallum
June 17, 1996
After immersing himself in the lore of the hole in one, the author got a few pals together and made balls rain from the heavens in hopes of conjuring golf's most common miracle
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June 17, 1996

Ace Venture

After immersing himself in the lore of the hole in one, the author got a few pals together and made balls rain from the heavens in hopes of conjuring golf's most common miracle

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Still, Boydstone's feats earned him a two-page feature and large photo in the February 1963 issue of Golf Digest. The hole-in-one bible referred to him as "the deeply-tanned, mustachioed Bakersfield sharpshooter," and his two alleged records—three aces in one round and 11 in one year—are still on the magazine's Ail-Time Holes-in-One list. Were they possible?

"I'm not going to say yes or no for sure," says Eddie Nowak, who was owner and pro at the Bakersfield Public Golf Course, where Boydstone supposedly had the ace hat-trick round. "I took Joe down to a pro-am around L.A. one time and, well, I'm not sure he even put it on the green on any of the par-3s. He was maybe an 85 shooter on his good days. He was also, you know, a great hypnotist."

Hypnotist?

"That's right," says Nowak. "He could put you under in about 10 seconds. I remember a friend of my son's stuttered real bad, and Boydstone hypnotized him out of stuttering. It worked for a few months. So, I don't know, maybe he hypnotized some of his playing partners into thinking he got all those holes in one. That's one theory. Joe really played it to the hilt, though. One day he called me up and told me to meet him downtown. He had bought this trophy—I swear, it was taller than me—and he had somebody take a picture of me presenting it to him as the hole-in-one champion."

On March 11, 1972, Boydstone and five friends from Bakersfield were on a fishing trip in Morro Bay on California's central coast, near Hearst Castle at San Simeon. Their 28-foot cabin cruiser ran aground and capsized in heavy morning fog. Three survived. Boydstone and two others drowned.

The story was big news in Bakersfield, and the Californian ran several articles about it. One noted the following: "Dr. Boydstone was once acclaimed the golf world's 'hole-in-one champion.' " May he rest in peace.

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