The odds against making a hole-in-one on any swing are astronomical. The odds against making two in three holes, with one of them on a par-4?
67 million to one.
Oral Roberts University golfer Jared Strathe defied those odds Sunday. In a casual round with ORU teammate Jack Howes at his home club The Patriot in Owasso, Strathe aced the par-4 seventh and the par-3 ninth holes to cap his round after playing the back nine first.
The two were playing for fun from the white or regular men’s tees and not the back tees. So the downhill seventh hole was listed at 355 yards but problably playing no more than 310 Strathe estimated. He and Howes both hit driver and there was only one ball visible on the green when they crested the plateau in the fairway.
“There were two guys playing in front of us and they were driving back to tell us one of the shots had gone in,” Strathe said. “Your first thought of course is that they could be messing with you. But they said no, they promised it went in and the guys in the pro shop said there is no way they would joke about something like that.”
Two holes later on the 184-yard downhill ninth hole, there was no doubt, as Strathe launched an 8-iron shot right at the flag and both ORU players watched it take a hop and roll in.
“It was just crazy,” Strathe said. “It was like, this can’t be real. Two holes in one in three holes. My friend said he looked it up and the odds are 67 million to one.”
We can’t vouch for the odds. The odds of making a hole in one for an amateur are about 12,500 to one. Combine two in three holes with one of them a par four and that sounds about right.
For those of you who tend to get jealous, that makes three hole-in-ones in the last 12 months and eight in the last five years for Strathe, who played high school golf at Owasso, attended Kansas State on a golf scholarship then transferred to ORU.
If you were wondering what someone who makes two aces in a round shot overall, Strathe said he was 2-over playing the back nine first and 7-under 29 on the front.
ORU volunteer coach Bill Brogden, when asked for Strathe’s phone number, wondered what had happened. Told about the two aces in three holes, he dryly said “Ask him why he never did that for us.”