Some people go their entire lives without hitting a hole-in-one. For one Pennsylvania high school senior, he had to wait about 40 minutes between hitting his first two.
Ben Tetzlaff, a senior from Parkland High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was playing a 9-hole practice round earlier this week when he bucked 67-million-to-1 odds and dunked two aces in the same round.
The story made national news, even being shared on ESPN’s nationally-syndicated Mike & Mike in the Morning show.
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When his second hole in one fell Monday afternoon, Ben Tetzlaff fell to the ground, saying, “What the heck just happened?” A day later, the Parkland High golfer remained stunned.
“I still can’t believe it, and I was the one who did it,” Tetzlaff said. “So I can’t imagine being someone who didn’t see it trying to believe it.”
Tetzlaff, a 17-year-old senior, accomplished a rare feat Monday, making two holes in the same round of golf. In fact, he did so playing just nine holes in a practice round with his Parkland High golf team, acing the second and sixth holes at Iron Lakes Country Club in North Whitehall Township.
According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds of Tetzlaff’s achievement are 67 million to 1, about six times greater than winning a $1 million Powerball prize. Parkland golf coach Scott Levan witnessed the second hole-in-one but missed the first, though he did hear Tetzlaff shout, “Oh my gosh, did it go in?”
“I know a couple guys who waited 60 years between holes-in-one, but I’ve never seen someone wait 40 minutes,” Levan said. “I’ve never had one, so I still have a shot to beat his record.”
Tetzlaff, who has been playing golf for five years, had not made a hole-in-one before Monday. First, he hit a gap wedge to Iron Lakes’ 104-yard second hole, watching the ball spin close without seeing it fall.
After pocketing that golf ball for safekeeping, Tetzlaff then hit a 9-iron to the 140-yard sixth hole. That shot took a “perfect line,” he said, bounced once and disappeared.
“My friend [and witness John Angelella] sprinted around the water, he saw the ball in the hole and I fell to my knees,” Tetzlaff said. “It was like, What the heck just happened? How do you do that? It’s not a natural thing.”
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