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Edited by E. M. Swift
September 11, 1978
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September 11, 1978


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Holes in one are, by their very nature, out of the ordinary, but this summer there have been some aces that can only be described as downright bizarre. In Schererville, Ind., for instance, Roland Richards, who was mowing the course, parked his tractor near the 4th tee to chat with some friends who were playing. He borrowed a six-iron, teed up, and hit a 140-yard shot into the hole, after which he thanked his friends, climbed on his tractor and went back to work.

That's one way to skip buying a round of drinks for everyone in the clubhouse, as tradition demands, but Gordon Barrett and Charles Klein came up with another. On the 172-yard 6th hole at the Columbus, Texas golf course, Barrett and Klein both hit good-looking shots into the blind green. When they came over the ridge, only one ball was visible. "There's one in the hole," their playing partner yelled. "What make are you playing?"

"Top Flite 1," they both replied.

Because there were no identifying marks on either ball, neither could claim the hole in one.

At the Quilchena Golf Club in Richmond, Vancouver, Ron Peterson and Barry Abraham approached the 155-yard 13th hole. It was Peterson's honor, and he took out a six-iron and knocked his ball into the hole. As reported in the Vancouver Province, "While he [Peterson] was still jumping up and down congratulating himself, Abraham selected the same iron and duplicated the feat." The odds on two players making consecutive holes in one are about 2 billion to 1. The third member of the threesome, facing odds of 90,071,134,505,408 to 1 for a third straight ace, choked and got a par-3.

But the strangest hole in one of the year occurred on the Manoir Richelieu Course in Murray Bay, Quebec. John Basaraba hit his tee shot six inches from the cup on the 165-yard 9th hole. As he and the other members of his foursome walked toward the green, a crow landed beside his ball, picked it up in its beak and dropped it into the hole. A hole in one? "No," says Basaraba. "According to the rules, it can't count as one because an outside agency was involved."

Oh, pooh! That was no agency. That was a crow making an eagle of a birdie.


This is likely to be a banner year for record-breaking performances in the NFL. The reason, simply, is that there are two extra games on the schedule in which to break season records.

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