According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, a hole-in-one is scored once in every 3,500 rounds, but on Tuesday morning Ernie Rios made two during the same golf tournament.
In golf, a hole-in-one occurs when a ball is hit from a tee and goes straight in the cup.
Rios of Three Rivers as been playing at the Alice Municipal Golf Course with his friends for the last four or five years. He wakes up at 4:30 a.m. To start his day. He drives to Alice to have breakfast with his friends before they head to the golf course.
Rios and his friends were playing in an 18-hole scramble that happens the first and second Tuesday's of every month for individuals over 50 years old.
This Tuesday morning, the 72-year-old was on hole number 13 where he made his first hole-in-one and the group was excited. They moved on to a few more hole arriving at hole number 2 and it happened again. Both times Rios hit those little white golf balls and they disappeared from sight.
“Two of the guys with me though it went in and I thought it went over the green,” Rios said. “I drove around the green and didn't see it so Robert Martinez (golf mate) walked over to the hole and saw the ball...He did the same thing on hole number 2.”
Robert Gonzalez, Robert Martinez, Charles Randolph and Claudio Perez were witnesses to the 'unbelievable' shots by Rios. The first hole-in-one on number 13 was 128 yards away and Rios was using a 9-iron. His second hole-in-one on hole number 2 was 140 yards away and he used a utility club.
Claudio Perez says “golf is like a drug and that he was glad to be able to witness his friend hit two hole-in-ones in one day.”
“It was a lot of fun for my first time. It was exciting because I've played for 40 years. I've been close, but never one; much less two in one tournament. I've been watching golf for years and I've never seen it. I've seen a hole-in-one, but never two hole-in-ones,” Rios said as his fellow golf mates congratulated him. “It's very rare that anybody would have one hole-in-one in a round or several rounds. I've played for 40 years and I've never had one. Never. So to have two in one day, well, that's unheard of. You don't hear of it ever or see it.”
According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, two holes-in-one has a 67 million to 1odds. 450 million rounds of golf are played each year. According to the registry, Texas is one of the seven states prevalent to sink a hole in one and the longest hole in one is 404 yards.
Rios joked about having such a lucky day and going out to buy lottery tickets.
“It hasn't sunk in yet and it'll probably take a while...I guess you could say this is well past due,” Rios said. “Now, I'm going to expect to make a hole-in-one every time.”
Rios is going to remember his unbelievable shots by saving the two golf balls, score card and pictures in a shadow box at his home.