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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Jimenez Hits Hole In One in Dubai

Congratulations to Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain!

During Thursday's opening round of the Dubai Desert Classic, Jimenez hit a hole in one on the par-3 seventh hole at the Emirates Golf Club. Published reports state that Jimenez used a six-iron to ace the 186 yard hole. For a touring professional, the odds of making an ace are roughly 2,500 to 1. Unfortunately for Miguel, there was no hole in one contest taking place on the seventh hole this week to commemorate his achievement.

According to the course's official site, the seventh is one of the more beautiful yet challenging holes at the club. A lake stretches from the tee box all the way to the apron of the green, leaving little room for error with mishit shots. Even balls that look safe occassionally roll back into the water. However, long is no safe play either, as bunkers and a steep bank of rough protect the back of the green. Needless to say, when the wind is whipping across the water, this hole is tough.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Another Blind Golfer Makes Hole In One

On August 19th, 2007, Sheila Dummond, a legally blind golf made a hole in one at the 144 yard par 3 4th hole at Mahoning Valley Country Club in Lehighton, PA. At the time, it was believed to be the first reported ace ever made by a blind, female golfer.

Fast forward a few months and we have yet another spectacular shot from a blind golfer. Leo Fiyalko, 92 years old and legally blind, got his first hole in one after stiking a 5-iron 110 yards on the 5th hole at Cove Cay Country Club in Clearwater, Florida. Leo, a seven handicap golfer in his prime, has been playing golf for sixty years, but never had a hole in one until this January. Sadly, Leo did not win a prize for his remarkable achievement, just the congratulations of his playing partners.

Foresite Sports congratulates Sheila and Leo on their fantastic holes in one!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Loving Couple Makes Hole In One

According to a report published in the Arizona Republic, last month a couple from Sun City West did the remarkable out on the golf course. Tom and Linda Thompson, both 58, are both avid golfers, playing three times a week at the Corte Bella Golf Club. Though neither had ever scored a hole in one in the golfing lives, on January 11th and 12th, they both did the unbelievable.

On the 11th, Tom was playing the par 3 12th hole when he struck a 5-iron that started tracking straight towards the pin. Before he knew it, the ball slammed into the hole, no bouncing, no rolling, it went straight in. He had his first ace! The next day, Linda was playing with a couple of friends when she made her way to the par 3 fourth hole. From 120 yards away, Linda pulled out a 5-wood and hit a great shot right at the green. This time, the ball landed safely on the green, bounced several times, rolled towards the cup and dropped for her first hole in one.

Since making holes in one on consecutive days at the same course, the Thompsons have safely stowed the balls they used and plan to mount them to commemorate their remarkable golfing achievements.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

South Africa's Extreme Hole In One Challenge

It's not everday that is costs you over $325 to play just one hole of golf, but that is exactly what it will cost you to play the "Extreme 19th" par three hole at the new Legends Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa. The course is being constructed right in the middle of a national park, with each hole being named after a prominent golfer of this generation: the front nine being Immelman, Bjorn, Furyk, Langer, Campbell, Montgomerie, Weir, Villegas and Rose; and the back nine Harrington, Jacquelin, Woosnam, Donald, Allenby, Singh, Garcia, Choi and Goosen. However, its the 19th that really is different.

After paying the fee to play the hole, golfers are whisked away to the top of a mountain via helicopter. Once there, they tee off towards a green at the base of the mountain that is shaped like the African continent. How high up is the tee box, you ask? Well, it reportedly takes 25 seconds for a tee shot to reach the green. Think about that! After teeing off, golfers hop back into the helicopter again and fly down to the green to putt out.

Best of all, for any golfer who can make a hole in one on this spectacularly challenging hole, there awaits a $1,000,000 prize. How's that for a hole in one contest!