I generally hate hole in one stories. Maybe because I’ve never had one. Maybe because some people have had 20. I don’t know.
But the story of Chris Gilley, an assistant pro from Seacliff Country Club in Huntington Beach, even had me interested. That’s because Gilley had two aces on the same hole on the same day this week in the desert.
Gilley was playing in the Southern California PGA TPS series event at Indian Wells Golf Resort Monday. It was a 36-hole event, with morning and afternoon rounds on the Players Course at the golf resort. In the morning round, Gilley hit a pitching wedge on the 144-yard 17th hole, and the ball found the cup for a hole in one.
In the afternoon round, Gilley came to the hole again, used the same pitching wedge and — wait for it — made a second hole in one!
The aces helped Gilley to a tie for first place at the end of 36 holes at 6-under 138, with four of those under-par strokes coming on the two aces. Unfortunately for Gilley, he didn’t win the playoff, as he and Kenny Pigman of Goose Creek Golf Club lost to Jon Fiedler of Los Posas Country Club.
But Gilley will have a memory that Fiedler and Pigman won’t have, a pair of aces on the same hole on the same course on the same day.