We've had some pretty good hole-in-one stories recently - the 102-year-old who made an ace; the beginning golfer (who'd never even had a birdie) who made two aces in the span of five holes ... with Rick Smith watching - but to me, 51 career aces seems pretty hard to beat.
Unless you're Norman Manley, an amateur from California who claims 59 career aces. Most of Mancil Davis' 51 aces are well-documented, and Davis is regarded as the world recordholder for holes-in-one by a professional (Davis is a PGA of America member who briefly played on the PGA Tour and was once the director of golf at The Woodlands).
Davis' Web site includes some fun factoids about his feats:
- 51 career aces
- 10 career double-eagles
- Made a hole-in-one with every club except putter, SW and PW
- Has made 5 aces on the same hole (No. 2 at Odessa Country Club in Odessa, Texas)
- Has aced all four par-3 holes on one course (Trophy Club in Roanoke, Texas, where he also served as director of golf)
- Made at least one hole-in-one per year from 1967-87
Yep, that's a pretty good hole-in-one record. For the sake of comparison, here are the number of holes-in-one by some much more famous golfers:
- Jack Nicklaus - 20
- Arnold Palmer - 19
- Gary Player - 19
- Tiger Woods - 18
- Michelle Wie - 6
- Fred Couples - 3