Two cousins had a stroke of luck on Thursday when they stepped up to the third tee at Chenango Valley State Golf Course, near Binghamton, N.Y.
They each shot a hole in one, right after each other. The odds of back-to-back aces are 17 million to one.
"I step up and I take my practice swings," Joan (Joanie) Villecco tells The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm. "And I hit the ball, and I'm yelling, 'Stick! Stick!', because the ball sometimes doesn't stick on this. And it just takes off and Ruthie's going, 'You don't want it to stick. It's running toward the hole.' It just kind of drops in. I'm just flabbergasted."
Ruthie is Ruth MacDonald. The two cousins have been golfing for 20 years and say they are very competitive. Villecco had used her nine-iron to knock in her hole-in-one. MacDonald used a seven-iron and didn't even practice when her turn came.
Villecco says, "She hits the thing. A couple bounces and it pops in the hall. I have five minutes of fame and she blew me right off."
The yardage from the ladies' tee to the hole is 115, MacDonald says.
Explaining her game, she tells Storm, "I teed off. And my ball kind of hit in front of the green, and we looked at it. It took one hop, and it took the second hop. And hit the pin and just went straight down into the cup. We couldn't just believe it. And we all just went crazy. We started jumping up and down and screaming. And I turned around and looked at Joanie. And she's just in awe. For first time, she's just like standing there with her mouth open, not saying anything. Which is unusual for her."
"Oh, thanks," Villecco adds.
MacDonald continues, "Then she started screaming. They heard us all over the course. They thought must be somebody had a hole-in-one. They had no idea that both of us had a hole-in-one. It was pretty phenomenal that two of us one right after the over had a hole-in-one."
The hole-in-one was the second of MacDonald's career, but it didn't help her much. She finished with a 98. Her cousin finished with an 85.
From the infamous third tee, they both showed their swing, and though they did not get another hole-in-one, they did pretty well.
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