ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Roanoke golfer hit paydirt not once but twice after making two holes-in-one in the same round.
J.R. "Butch" Blessard, 67, aced the 182-yard seventh hole on the Meadows Course at Ashley Plantation in Daleville last Friday. He did it again on the Hills Course four holes later, acing the 118-yard second hole. Both are nine-hole courses.
According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the chances of a player making two holes-in-one in the same round are 67 million to 1.
"It's strictly luck," said Blessard, an 11-handicapper and a former Roanoke city motorcycle policeman. "There's no skill involved. I'm a good average golfer and I got lucky."
The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/16Qxw0U) reports three playing partners witnessed both aces. Another playing partner saw the first ace before a course marshal broke up the unusual fivesome to expedite play.
Blessard got some bad luck when he lost the ball used to make both holes-in-one — he hit his drive on the Hills' par-4 fourth hole out of bounds into some bushes.
"We spent probably 20 to 25 minutes in the bushes where he hit the ball," said playing partner Allen Robinette. "He was nonchalant about it, 'Oh, it's just a ball.' I would have had that sucker tucked away in the left pocket or something!"
Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com