LACONIA — Other than the fact that they're both retired and love to play golf, Tom Byrne and Dave Clark don't have a lot in common nor have they known each other all that long. But on September 2 the two forever linked their names by making back-to-back hole-in-ones on the 7th at Laconia Country Club.
The foursome that morning consisted of Byrne and Ken Wilson playing against Clark and his brother Chuck. All four were playing pretty when Clark teed up his ball and used a three wood to ace the downhill par 3 that parallels Elm Street.
"When his went in first, I kidded him about taking his ball out to leave room for mine," said Byrne yesterday, when the two got together after playing 18 holes in the senior league.
"And then I hit my ball with a six iron and it went in," Byrne said.
They all started jumping up and down said Chuck Clark, yesterday. "They all had a real good time."
Member Bob Barry said he was playing in a foursome that was just ahead of Clark and Byrne and heard all of the yelling. With two holes-in-one to his own credit, Barry said he figures someone had gotten one but was shocked to hear there were two.
"I read that the odds on that are 17-million to 1," he said.
According to golf expert Brent Kelley writing for About Sports, "The odds of an amateur golfer getting a hole-in-one are 12,500-to-1. For two amateurs each making one in the same round as a foursome, the odds climb to 1.3 million-to-1. For two members of a foursome to ace the same hole in the same round, they skyrocket to 26 million-to-1."
Byrne just moved to Laconia and joined the country club in November of 2014. He said this is his third hole-in-one, having scored two at the Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida.
Clark is a fixture at the local club. He joined in 1958 and has been a member every since. He noted he was a caddy in 1948.
Clark has scored four holes-in-one in his lifetime — one at Bonita Springs in Florida and three on his home course — one on the 4th hole, one on the 14th hole and, now, one on the 7th hole.
Both men estimate the distance from the "white" tee to the pin on September 2 was about 162 yards and both said they were playing well that day with Byrne shooting an 84 and Clark shooting either an 84 or an 85.
"This is the strangest thing you can imagine," said LCC Pro Todd Rollins. "I'm pretty sure this has never happened before in Laconia."
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