Ponter’s golf group poses on the back deck of Oyster Bay Golf Links in Sunset Beach, N.C. The group included, from left, John Lachowski, John Witt, Ponter and Jerry Heinz.Last week, John Ponter a Myrtle Beach visitor from Baden, Pa., defied staggering odds to make two holes-in-one in a single round at Oyster Bay Golf Links.
Through there were plenty of reasons he shouldn’t have been able to accomplish the feat — He hadn’t played golf all year, he typically plays only a few times per year, He was using a new set of clubs for the first time and he’d never played the course — it seems fate was smiling on the side of the 53-year-old golfer on March 19.
“It was unbelievable,” said Ponter, who came to the Grand Strand with friends for a week-long golf smorgasbord. “It was my second golf trip to Myrtle Beach. My expectations weren’t high. I bought a few dozen refurbished golf balls thinking I’d hit them into lakes.”
Starting on the back nine, Ponter aced No. 15, which played 109 yards from the white tees, with a 9-iron. He later aced the 135-yard No. 6 with an 8-iron. Ponter said both pins were placed in the middle of the green.
At the windy 15th, Ponter admitted he was concerned merely with carrying the lake that surrounds the green. He had not played well since arriving three days earlier.
“Both of the shots were right at the pin, took a few bounces and rolled in,” said Ponter, who had no previous aces. “It was very surreal. When I made the second one, I thought, ‘Nobody’s going to believe this.’”
Citing a source, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday estimated the odds at 1 in 67 million.
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