Tamarack Country Club in Shiloh was to be the place to be for three area players on Wednesday.
Playing the par-3 hole No. 17, Kevin Muckensturm and Armando Alvarez, of Belleville, and Tom Kolb, of Fairview Heights, each recorded holes-in-one while competing in the weekly Wednesday scramble.
Tamarack Country Club head professional Steve Liter said all three aces came within a two-hour period on the hole, which was playing between 100-105 yards long Wednesday.
“All with a two-hour period on the same hole ... I’ve never heard of anything like it. The odds of that happening have to be millions-to-one,’’ Liter said. “It wasn’t an easy pin placement either. The pin was in a tough spot.
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“The fact that it came in a tournament makes it even more amazing. It was a very rare feat.”
But that particular golf hole has been hot before.
Matt Morris, of Troy, and Andrew Boone, then a 14-year-old soon-to-be freshman at O’Fallon Township High School, both aced No. 17 on Aug. 5, 2017. Just two days later, on Aug. 7, John Smith holed out on the 17th with a single swing of his 7-iron.
According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds of two amateur golfers getting aces on the same hole at the same golf course on the same day are about 17 million-to-1.
The odds of three on the same day? That figure isn’t available.