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Two-time triumph from the tee

By Nick Zacharias



PHOTO BY DENIS ROY

Celebrating not one but two holes-in-one in the span of a month, golfer David Glazier is seen here just after sinking his second ace at the Whitlock Golf and Country Club in Hudson.


Avid golfer David Glazier has had an amazing stroke of luck. After nearly 50 years of golfing, he made his first hole-in-one this spring, and followed that with his second ace precisely one month later. He achieved the rare feat at the Whitlock Golf and Country Club in Hudson, where he’s been playing a few times a week for the past eight or nine years.

Bit of luck

“It was really a bit of good luck,” said the fit 75-year-old, who both times was out for a round with friends and was pleased that the pin placement meant they could all see the hole from the tee box and feel the excitement of watching the ball roll in.

His first hole-in-one came on hole five on the north course of the 27-hole club on May 7, and his second came on hole seven west exactly a month later on June 7. “Maybe there’s something to the lucky number sevens,” joked Glazier. “Until I got the hole-in-one I was actually having a bad game both times.”

More than just luck

With the odds of the average golfer hitting a hole-in-one calculated at 12,500 to one, and the odds against that same average golfer hitting a second ace within a month astronomically higher, there must have been something else to help Glazier achieve the feat. Even Tiger Woods has managed to pull off an ace just 20 times so far, and that’s in a career of 82 PGA Tour victories and counting.

With a handicap of 16 and years of playing three to five times per week at the Whitlock, Glazier is certainly a solid player who knows the layout of the terrain very well, but as for anything else that worked in his favour, he credits the pristine condition of the course this year.

“J.C. Latour and the crew always do a great job of maintaining the greens,” he said, “but this year it’s really in the best shape I’ve ever seen it.” From the lengths they go to in the fall to protect the greens, to the way Latour can be seen out on the course in the winter taking core samples to get a jump on issues that may come up in the spring, Glazier describes the care they take and the results they’ve gotten as something special. "Everybody’s talking about it,” he said.

As for Glazier and his two closely-timed holes-in-one, chances are people around the club will be talking about that for a while too.