A hole-in-one is often referred to as an ace.
It is, without a doubt, one of rarest achievements in all of golf. There are some solid, longtime players who have never recorded an ace.
It’s been estimated that the odds against an average golfer getting a hole-in-one during his or her golf career are 12,500-to-1.
A York County couple, however, has beaten the odds — again and again and again.
If fact, Bob and Lynn Newcomer now have a staggering 13 aces between them.
On a roll: Bob, in particular, has been on a serious hole-in-one roll of late, recording four aces over the last 11 months. That surge has allowed the Out Door Country Club golfer to pass his wife in their friendly hole-in-one rivalry. Bob now has seven aces, compared with six for Lynn.
Bob calls his recent run “pretty crazy.” It started last October at Long Cove in Hilton Head, South Carolina. In March, he notched an ace at Tiger’s Eye in Ocean Ridge, North Carolina. Then in June, he holed a shot at No. 6 at Out Door, and on Aug. 29, he did it again on No. 17 at Out Door. Both of his recent Out Door aces came with his trusty 7-iron.
The 71-year-old, 2-handicapper has now aced No. 6 and No. 17 at Out Door twice each. His other hole-in-one came at No. 3 at the world-renowned Cypress Point course in California. All seven of his aces have come over the past two decades.
Bob is retired from the Glatfelter Co., and he didn’t take up golf until he was 30, when he gave up baseball. The Newcomers live in York near Out Door Country Club.
Most recent ace: Bob said he didn’t see his most recent ace go into the hole because he was looking into the sun, although he knew it was on line. He and his playing partners (Van Marshman, Gary Jay and Bob Topper) couldn’t immediately find his ball, so Bob decided to look in the hole, where he discovered it.
“All of us went crazy,” Bob said. “(It was) a little delayed reaction, since none of us really saw it go in. It was a lot of fun, and we celebrated with the two other foursomes we were playing with once we got into the club house. Drinks on me, of course.
“Folks I saw and talked to since then have said they can't believe that I have seven holes-in-one and four in the last 11 months. It is a really nice conversation around the club.”
'Friendly competition:' Lynn, of course, is no slouch when it comes to aces, either. In fact, she once aced No. 12 at Out Door twice within five days with the same club.
Lynn also has three aces at Long Cove and one at the Arthur Hills Golf Club in Hilton Head.
“We have a little friendly competition on who has the most,” Bob said. “She was three up on me until this streak started last October. Now I have her by one, so I told her she has to up her game to catch me now.
"She was very happy for me, and we have a lot of fun kidding each other about it. Thirteen between us is pretty amazing; I am sure there are many other couple golfers who have more, but still 13 between us is pretty good.”
“Pretty good” is an understatement. In fact, it’s downright remarkable.
Bob knows that he and his wife are truly fortunate, and not only when it comes to making aces.
“Both my wife and I are really blessed to be able to play golf, let alone have this many holes-in-one,” Bob said. “We both love golf, but more importantly love the people that we get to meet and play with. Golfers in general are really great people, and playing with good people and enjoying the game and one another's company is what it is all about.”
— Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.