One round, two aces for golf chain executive
Al Morris, the president of the parent company of Roger Dunn Golf Shops, recorded two holes-in-one in the same round on Sept. 9 at the Kapalua Plantation Course.
Morris, who lives in California, aced the 180-yard eighth hole with a 7-iron, and the 161-yard 11th with a 9-iron. They were the first holes-in-one of his lifetime.
Al Morris of California shows off his hole-in-one flags at the Kapalua Plantation Course on Sept. 9.
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"I was so relieved to finally have one, and then when the second one came, I'm not really sure what I did," said Morris, who said he is roughly a 7 handicap. "I think I threw my club in the air. I just felt numb."
Morris is the president of Worldwide Golf Shops, which also operates The Golf Mart, Golfer's Warehouse and Van's Golf Shops.
The National Hole-In-One Registry's website lists the odds of one player acing two holes in the same round at
67 million to 1.
Morris finished his round with an 8-over-par total of 81.
"I told my friends back home that I still shot an 81, and they gave me a hard time," Morris said. "I said 'Well, what did you shoot when you had your two holes-in-one in your round?' That got them to quiet down."
Morris was playing with Kent Pachl, a vice president at Cobra Puma Golf, and Perry Ponti, the general manager of Pro Golf Discount, a chain of stores in Washington state.
"The next day, we played 27 holes, so I had five more chances, and I didn't hit the green," Morris said. "The golf world has returned to normal."
Texas woman makes hole-in-one at Elleair
Cynthia Derdeyn of Fort Worth, Texas, recorded a hole-in-one on Friday at Elleair Maui Golf Club in Kihei.
Derdeyn used a 6 hybrid club for her ace on the 116-yard seventh hole. The witnesses were Les Derdeyn and Terry Overud.
Maui team wins sailing canoe race off Kauai
Maui's Team White Orchid Wedding won a Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association race along the Kauai coast from Kalapaki Beach in Lihue to Kikiaola Harbor near Kekaha on Sept. 8.
The team, with captain Ted Barrett as well as Jason Donovan, Darryl Belen, Patrick Fenwick, Jeffrey Oltman and Ray Glauser, finished the 30-mile race in 2 hours, 55 minutes. Kauai teams took second and third - Olukai was the runner-up, followed by Maui Jim.