17-Million-to-One Odds Cap Special Round
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Imagine the roar of the gallery if two players made back-to-back aces during the PGA TOUR’s annual stop for the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island?
The cheers were nearly that loud and just as thrilling on Tuesday, August 24 for golfers Jeffrey Johnson of Marietta, Georgia and Mike Long of Wellington, Florida, who sank back-to-back, holes-in-one on the 10th hole of The Sea Pines Resort’s Atlantic Dunes course.
According to the National Hole-In-One Registry, the odds are 17-million-to-one of two players in the same foursome making aces, with the odds of back-to-back aces even higher.
The golfers, who had not met before their epic round, took different approaches to the hole. Long hit first from white tees and used a 5-hybrid on the Davis Love III design that weaves among the sand dunes and ocean. Next up was Johnson, who used a pitching wedge from the blue tees, where water comes into play along the left-hand side.
“Dang, I thought, now I’ve got to follow this guy. Two swings in a row, two balls in the hole, how does that happen?” Johnson recounted. “I started running around in circles and waving my arms.”
According to Bobby Downs, Head Golf Professional at Atlantic Dunes and Heron Point, four workers who were building a sea wall near the green witnessed the action as it unfolded. “They were cheering, people were stopping their cars on the road, and everyone was going crazy. In my 38 years as a golf professional on Hilton Head Island, I’ve never experienced anything like it.”
Enjoying his final day of vacation, Johnson said he bought the $2 draft beers after the round. “It’s a day I’ll never forget. Of course, my friends still don’t believe me.”
For more information about Atlantic Dunes or The Sea Pines Resort, visit www.seapines.com.
About The Sea Pines Resort
Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the legendary Lowcountry destination features five miles of unspoiled beaches, 20 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands, and more than 130 species of birds. As the first Eco-planned destination in the U.S., The Sea Pines Resort has become the blueprint for numerous beach developments around the country. Guests can choose from an array of accommodations, including 300 villas, 100 rental homes, and the luxurious 60-room Inn & Club at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four-Star boutique hotel and Preferred Hotel Group member. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities, and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.
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