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Brent Kelley

Golfer Who'd Never Birdied Before Makes Two Aces in One Round

By July 5, 2006

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Sixty-seven million to one. Those are the odds of a golfer making two holes-in-one in the same round of golf. Are the odds even higher for an amateur who has never even made a birdie before to pull off the feat? And to do so in one five-hole stretch? They have to be.

But that's exactly what Sanjay Kuttemperoor, of Naples, Fla., recently did at the Treetops Resort in Michigan. And there's no doubt the feat is legitimate - it happened during the pro-am for the ING Par-3 Shootout and witnesses included Kuttemperoor's playing partner, the famed instructor Rick Smith.

Kuttemperoor did it in style, too, bouncing his second ace into the cup off a tree!

"I've never seen anything like it in my whole life," said Smith. "It was amazing."

Playing the Treetops' Par-3 course, Kuttemperoor's first ace came at the 5th hole, using an 8-iron.

"I hit a solid shot and didn't see it go in the hole because the pin was right over a ridge," Kuttemperoor said in an interview with ESPN's Charlie Rymer. "Rick (Smith) looked at me and said, 'I think that went in the hole!' I ran down the hill and my ball was in the hole. I couldn't believe it."

Kuttemperoor, only an occasional golfer who had never even made a birdie before, then doubled his pleasure on the 9th hole. Kuttemperoor pushed the tee shot right and saw the ball hit a tree near the green. Smith said he saw the ball carom toward the hole, but Kuttemperoor first checked in the rough.

"Sure enough, when I finally strolled to the green and looked in the hole, there it was," Kuttemperoor said.

After all that, Kuttemperoor still has never made a birdie. His two aces were eagles.

See also:
Hole-in-one odds

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