Two aces in one round of golf
It took golfer Janne Pottinger 38 years to notch her first hole-in-one; she liked it so much she landed another just an hour later.
On holiday in north Queensland, Cantabrian Pottinger yesterday defied the odds by scoring two aces in one round - a feat rated a one in 67 million chance by statisticians.
A 17-handicapper at the Waimakariri Gorge Golf Club, her first ace came with a 7-iron at the 130 metre par 3 sixth hole during a social round with her husband, her father and a friend at Mossman.
She'd never even seen a hole-in-one when she hit that shot, and after it came to rest in the cup she still hadn't.
"I thought I'd hit it pretty well, so I bent down to pick up my tee," she said.
While she was looking at the ground her playing partner Bob Bateman exclaimed "it's bounced twice and gone in the hole!"
Sure enough, it had.
She was going to carry on playing with the golden ball, until Bateman said she should retire it. Golfers get special balls mounted.
On the 13th, she was at it again. A beautifully struck 8-iron seeming almost radar-controlled as it flew to the green 133 metres away.
This time, Pottinger watched it the whole way, as Bateman proclaimed "surely lightning can't strike twice!"
Lightning did. Ace number two.
"I knew it was a lovely shot, I decided to watch it to the end ... holy cow, I think that one's gone in the hole as well!"
Pottinger, her husband George, her father Allan Wright, and Bateman, yahooed, danced for joy, and hugged.
George and Allan both have holes-in-ones to their names. This had had bothered George.
"She's been a better golfer than me, so I've felt a bit guilty. A bloody hole-in-one is great at the best of times, but when she hit the second I thought 'bloody hell, I've seen this before'."
George Pottinger was also in luck. He offered to shout the clubhouse bar, a time-honoured tradition of golf. There were only six Australians in there, but they did launch into a rousing chorus of "for she's a jolly good fellow", in deference to the two moments of golfing magic.
Janne Pottinger said she might now buy a Lotto ticket, in case good fortune keeps following her.
"I'll choose numbers 6 and 13!"