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The odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one are estimated at 12,500 to 1. Jimmy Shea’s story starts there before the math gets much more interesting.
Shea’s first hole-in-one at Arroyo Trabuco came on May 7th on No. 8. His second came two months later … on No. 8. Same hole. Same pin location. Same club. Same playing partner.
What are odds?
Shea briefly tried to calculate the odds of his good fortune and then stopped, choosing instead to bask in his newfound semi-celebrity status in the clubhouse and his new nickname.
“They call me Ace around the clubhouse now,” Shea said with a laugh. “And I’ve two hole-in-one plaques in the clubhouse. That’s pretty cool.”
Shea is a member at Arroyo and has been playing the course for seven or eight years, often with his Saturday playing partner, Randy Voss, who witnessed both hole-in-ones and reported them on Facebook, adding that Shea “should probably have a bench named after him.”
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Voss and Shea were paired up as singles around six years ago, Shea said, and have been Saturday playing partners ever since. The pair was playing together when Shea scored his first ace from 149 yards with a 7-iron, a feat first unrealized because the hole was tucked behind a bunker.
“We couldn’t find the ball, so we looked in the hole and there it was. We did a simple high-five and walked off. There was no one else around to see or share it with,” Shea said, adding, “You kind of want an audience around when these things happen.”
The second time in July, Shea did. But once again, the pair was unsure of the outcome of Shea’s 7-iron. “But we did see it go over the bunker.”
This time, however, Course Host Jayro Guillen was stationed near the green. He walked over and the plucked the ball from the cup to confirm the ace.
While there’s obviously an element of luck involved, Shea says the outcomes confirm that the hole fits his shot shape. In fact, Shea said he recently just missed a three-peat.
“I hit a fade on the hole and hitting into the wind seems to help. It’s perfect for my shot shape.”
Shea also credited his playing partner.
“Randy’s my good-luck charm,” he said.
Perhaps the only downside to his run of aces at No. 8, Shea said, is that a comfortable tee shot has become a pressure situation.
“Anything less than an ace isn’t good,” he said with a laugh.
Shea has now had three hole-in-ones in his career. And he’s not ruling out a fourth, possibly again at No. 8.
“The confidence is definitely there now.”
Jordan Spieth’s finishing flurry to claim the British Open title ended the revolving door of first-time major winners and instead put the Tour awesomely back on the doorstep of major history.
With a win at this week’s PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, Spieth would become the youngest player ever to achieve golf’s career Grand Slam. Spieth has been installed as the co-favorite to do just that, along with Rory McIlroy, a past champion at Quail Hollow and the course record holder.
Were Spieth to pull it off, he’d bag an avalanche of career accolades the likes of which even Tiger Woods can’t match and also put himself squarely in the driver’s seat to be the Tour’s player of the year. He would also further threaten Dustin Johnson’s position as world No. 1.
Will Johnson, McIlroy or another world elite stand in the way, or will Spieth make some head-turning history and give the Tour a dramatic finish to the major season?
We’ll start to find out on Thurs. Here’s a look at the top storylines heading into the week.
By going 5-under over the final four holes at Royal Birkdale to claim the Claret Jug, Spieth put the Tour back on some refreshing historical footing. Only five men have claimed the career Grand Slam and Spieth is gunning to become the sixth and faster than any of them.
Spieth enters the PGA on a run of consecutive victories and aiming to topple Tiger as the youngest player ever to claim the career Slam, doing so with some Tiger-esque moments such as jarring a 50-foot eagle putt at the British to spark his final charge.
Spieth’s impeccable putter and short game have earned him his place in history. But on a long and difficult driving golf course, will it be enough to get him the career Slam up-and-down?
One of the few reasons to doubt: He doesn’t have a track record here (he’s only played once in the Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship); his co-favorite does.
Rory’s Quail Tale
Though he hasn’t won on Tour in 2017, Rory is listed as co-favorite largely because of track record at Quail.
Rory has two victories and six top-10s at Quail Hollow and holds the course record (61). After a slow start at the British, McIlroy rebounded to show flashes of his old self. McIlroy has battled a fractured rib much of the season, but he and his game finally look healthy again. At the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, McIlroy set a 54-hole record with 38 drivers over 300 yards.
That particularly matters going to the PGA at Quail Hollow, because …
Quail Hollow is a bomber’s course. The Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee noted to start the week that the majority of past champions at Quail can be found atop the driving starts for the week. The recently re-designed course sets the tone with an opening par 4 that plays to 524 yards. It’s one of three for the week playing over 500 yards.
That plays to Rory’s favor, but it will also have other tour big boppers, such as world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, looking to cash in and capture the year’s final major. Johnson’s driver is never in doubt, but will his putter hold up? Same goes for McIlroy, who’s playing with a new caddie, a switch that didn’t go so well for Phil Mickelson at the British Open.
In a close contest where every stroke matters, will Rory’s decision come back to haunt him? The door is certainly wide open for second-guessing. If Rory wins and slams it shut, he’ll have major momentum going for his own career slam again at the Masters in 2018.
Will There Be Reign or Just Rain?
As of now, the forecast for the week is a major bummer. A wet week seems in store, with a projected 100 percent chance of rain on Friday. The Charlotte Observer says a solid 50 percent chance is in the forecast for every day up to Sunday.
Who will dodge the bogeys between rains drops and make birdies when the sun shines? Will the elements even more favor a player with a track record at Quail Hollow? If so, besides McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson head that list.
Or will the wet Bermuda tilt the advantage to strong iron players? If so, advantage Spieth. But a soggy slog to the title seems certain for someone.
Hello, PGA in May
New PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan is looking to shake up the Tour schedule, which has major implications for the PGA Championship.
The Tour announced the PGA will move to May starting in 2019, placing it between the Masters and the U.S. Open with its vacated August date allowing for early start to the FedEx Cup playoffs.
You’ll undoubtedly hear the change debated during the 2017 PGA broadcast, which seems ideal Thurs./Fri. rainy day talk. When it turns to the weekend, however, Spieth will be the most talked about Jordan since Michael in North Carolina if he’s got the Grand Slam in his sights. Can he just do it? We start to find out on Thurs.
Don’t just watch golf these next four days, book a round and get out on the course. Unlike Quail Hollow, the weather forecast at Arroyo Trabuco is looking nice: clear skies with highs around 82 degrees. After your round pull up a stool to watch the PGA Championship action on our TVs in O’Neill’s Bar & Grill.
Our own Michael Block is featured in the recent issue of the SCGA’s Fore Magazine in a piece that acknowledges our head golf professional’s accomplished playing career.
Block’s unprecedented four-year reign as the Southern California PGA Player of the Year is celebrated in the piece, which delves into Block’s 12 appearances in PGA Tour events, including three majors.
Reflecting on it all, even Block acknowledges amazement at the experiences and opportunities he’s enjoyed all while continuing to work as the Head Golf Professional at Arroyo Trabuco.
“Never in my life would I have thought I would play in this many Tour events and in three majors,” Block said.
Follow the link to read the entire article: Best Of The Best: A Look At The Impressive Resume Of Michael Block
Congrats to Michael on much-deserved recognition for his exceptional achievements!