Many golfers spend years attempting to shoot their age. It's a tricky task, but it's nothing compared to the feat Dom DeBonis pulled off earlier this month. The 81-year-old overnight sensation had a hole-in-one on three consecutive days while on a trip with friends.
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette passed along the remarkable tale. Along with the unheard-of hot streak, which occurred across three different courses, DeBonis had holed his first ace in about 45 years just one month earlier.
DeBonis said he's been playing golf for more than six decades. He was on the golf team at Duquesne University and currently carries a 14 handicap. But he only had one prior hole-in-one, which came all those years ago before this sudden run of four in just over a month.
DeBonis, a Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania native, shot his three consecutive hole-in-ones on a golfing trip with friends in North and South Carolina.
He told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette how it felt to pull off a feat so unique that the odds of it being completed have apparently never been estimated.
"I just couldn't believe it," DeBonis said. "The guys were going bananas. They said we got to buy lottery tickets, so we went and bought a bunch of lottery tickets."
All odds against DeBonis make it almost impossible to believe. A golfer in his 80s getting through a round on three straight days is an accomplishment in and of itself. Any hole-in-one is special because it takes a perfect shot. A fraction off and it's still a tap-in, but it's not the same.
Think about the promotions commonly run during a PGA Tour season. A car company will offer up a new ride for anybody who sinks a hole-in-one on a particular hole. Professionals with four days to take direct aim at the cup often allow the vehicle to go unclaimed.
Then there's Dom DeBonis, a lifelong golfer with two career aces who suddenly makes it look easy. Extraordinary.
Of course, when you're on a run like that, you have to keep playing until the streak ends. For DeBonis, it came on the fourth day of the adventure. He summed it up quite simply for the Post-Gazette.
"No hole-in-one," he said.
Oh well. He can rest easy knowing he did something most golfers will only dream about. Five career aces is already special, but given his current form, he probably isn't done quite yet.