In a rare occurrence in golf Sunday, three different golfers made holes-in-one on the same hole at Palmetto Hall Plantation's Robert Cupp Course.
While the odds of the average golfer making a hole-in-one are roughly 12,500 to 1, three different golfers aced the 130-yard eighth hole from the same set of tees during their round in The Amateur Golf Tour Championship sponsored by GolfWeek.
Daren Green of the Raleigh-Pinehurst Tour had the first ace. In the group immediately following Green's, Jose Talamantes made a hole-in-one, as well. Then, later in the round, Junior Players Golf Academy player Andre Scopone aced the hole.
"We generally have a handful of holes-in-one annually, but to have three in one day is unbelievable," Palmetto Hall Plantation Club general manager Dan Moscar said in a release. "In all my years in the industry, I have never had two holes-in-one in one day, let alone three."
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While some may cite higher odds, USHoleInOne.com vice president Jim Nam said the odds of three players scoring a hole-in-one on the same hole on the same day of a tournament is roughly 500,000 to 1 or 1 in 500,000 tournaments.
"The odds would have been much tougher if the hole would have been longer," he said.
USHoleInOne.com provides odds and insurance for hole-in-one contests, half-court shots and other contests of chance. Nam said his statisticians track odds all the time and are often quoted by news sources, even for things like lottery odds.
Though Sunday's occurrence is rare, "if the odds were as high as some people say, you'd never see this at all," Nam said. "As it is, we see something like this somewhere maybe once a year."
For one Hilton Head Island resident, those odds don't seem so long.
At the 1989 at Oak Hill Country Club's East Course in Rochester, N.Y., Doug Weaver was one of four professional golfers to make a hole-in-one on the 167-yard, par-3 sixth hole in the second round of the U.S. Open.
Weaver, now the director of instruction at Palmetto Dunes, Nick Price, Jerry Pate and Mark Wiebe all aced No. 6 with a 7-iron. The four holes-in-one was a U.S. Open record for a single round and a tournament.
"It was a beautiful few moments," Weaver said of his hole-in-one that day. "Like a lightning bolt."
According to Golf Digest, the odds of four professionals making a hole-in-one on the same hole in the same round was 332,000 to 1.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.