Golfer beats 67,000,000/1 odds with two holes-in-one

Most golfers spend the best part of their sporting life trying to get a hole-in-one — and then Gerry Guckian goes and gets two in one round.

The 49-year-old beat odds of 67,000,000/1 to pull off the amazing feat during a competition at his home club of Greencastle Golf Club in Donegal on Sunday.

Mr Guckian, a father of three, hit his first hole-in-one at the par 3 9th. He had barely recovered from the shock when, just two holes later, he hit a second at the par 3 11th.

An elated Mr Guckian, a solicitor in Derry, says he can’t believe what happened. And he wished he had put a bet on himself, as one of his playing partners on the day was a bookie.

“There was some excitement on the golf course and the adrenalin was pumping. I’m over the moon,” said Mr Guckian.

“I wish I had had a bet on myself. I didn’t have insurance which meant I lost out on €500 and had to buy drinks for everyone in the clubhouse out of my own pocket.”

The chances of hitting two holes-in-one in a single game is said to be about 67,000,000/1. Winning the Lotto is only about 8,000,000/1.

His playing partners on the day included bookie Tommy McBride, Hugh Casey, and his younger brother Neil, the captain of the club in the Inishowen peninsula.

“We believe it is the first time this has happened in the club’s 120-year history,” said Neil Guckian. “We will be contacting the Golfing Union of Ireland in due course to find out if it is the first time it has happened in Ireland.”

Gerry Guckian, who has been playing golf since he was a child, has enjoyed three holes-in-one over the years. But two in one round was beyond his wildest dreams.

He plays off a 14 handicap. His lucky ball on Sunday was a Titleist 4. He used a 5 iron on the 180-yard 9th and a 7 iron on the 190-yard 11th. He carded a respectable 39 points overall in the competition.

“My brother Neil persuaded me to keep my lucky ball after the second hole-in-one, which was just as well because I sliced the next two balls into the water from the 12th tee.

“I nearly had a hole-in-one at the 18th as well. I was about 6ft from the pin and got a birdie on that. I’m a bit embarrassed, though, because even after getting two holes-in-one I still didn’t win the competition,” he said.

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