Ontario golfer scores rare double aces in same round

Anita Podolinsky after her first ace

The odds of getting a hole-in-one during a round of golf are approximately 12,500 to 1, almost the same as getting struck by lightning (15,500:1). However the odds of getting two aces in the same round are almost astronomical (67 million to one) yet that’s what one Ontario golfer did last month during a tournament in Florida.

On January 26, Anita Podolinsky, from Petrolia, Ontario, was playing in the quarter-finals of a 2-person team match play tournament at Riverstrand Golf & Country Club in Bradenton, Florida. The second hole on the Estuary nine is 105 yards and Anita used a 7-hybrid to make her first ace of the day. Then on the 118-yard 4th hole of the Sanctuary nine, she used a 6-hybrid to score her second. Two aces in one round!

In case you were wondering, that’s only happened three times on the PGA Tour – the first by Bill Whedon at the 1955 Insurance City Open, the second time by Yusaku Miyazato at the 2006 Reno-Tahoe Open and the third time by Brian Harman at the 2015 Barclays. There is no record of any LPGA golfers making double aces.

For Anita, who has been playing golf for about 30 years, the two aces were actually her second and third. The first came on her home course of Kingswell Glen in Petrolia in August 2021.

Anita and her partner did win their quarter-final match but lost the semis on the final hole. A bit painful maybe but double aces surely took the sting out of that defeat. Congratulations Anita!

Editor’s Note: if you or someone you know makes a hole-in-one or scores another rare golf feat, send us a note with details and pictures and we’ll post it to our Wall of Fame.


Peter Mumford
Peter Mumford is the Editor of Fairways Magazine. He's played over 500 different courses in 21 countries and met some fascinating people along the way. He's also a long-suffering Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

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