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HEISER: Longtime York County basketball official achieves one of golf's rarest feats

STEVE HEISER
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Longtime York County basketball official Dave Concino is recently shown holding up two fingers while his ball sits in the hole. Concino had just made a double eagle on a course in Nevada. A double eagle is a 3-under-par score on a par-5 hole. Concino needed just two shots to hole out.
  • Dave Concino recently had a double eagle during a golf trip to Nevada.
  • A double eagle means the golfer needed just two shots to hole out on a par-5 hole.
  • Coninco is a well-known figure on York County basketball courts. He was an official for 44 years.

It's a sight that longtime York County high school basketball fans have seen hundreds — maybe thousands — of times over the last 40-plus years.

Dave Concino is holding up two fingers.

For 44 years as a well-known area boys' basketball official, that meant Concino was calling a shooting foul and that the fouled player was getting two shots at the charity stripe.

Earlier this month, however, a photo was taken with Concino holding up two fingers for an entirely different reason.

The Hanover man had just accomplished one of the rarest feats in golf — a double eagle.

Also known as an albatross, a double eagle means the golfer needed just two shots to hole out on a par-5 hole. Concino had just registered a 3-under-par score on a single hole.

The odds against making an albatross have been estimated at 6 million-to-1.

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Concino, who just recently retired as a basketball official, has spent a lot of time on the golf course this year, playing an estimated 70 rounds. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it's one activity that folks can participate in while maintaining social distance and staying safe.

First hole on first day of trip: Concino made a recent golf trip with his wife, Jane, to Mesquite, Nevada, near Las Vegas. On Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 12), the Concinos teed off at Wolf Creek, which Concino described as the most scenic course he's ever played.

On the very first hole of the trip, playing from the senior tees, the 68-year-old Concino needed just two swings to achieve his albatross. 

There was no breakfast ball, or mulligan, involved. He belted a 228-yard drive and then holed out his 172-yard second shot with a 6-hybrid rescue club on the 400-yard hole. From tee to green, he never touched his ball except with his club. Concino called the experience "surreal."

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"I know when I hit my second shot that it landed short of the green and bounced up onto the green, but we lost sight of the ball because the terrain was uphill and we couldn’t see much of the green," he said. "... As you can imagine, my wife and I were quite surprised when we pulled up the hill to the green and got out of the cart, to see my ball was in the hole. This was the first-ever double eagle I ever had and was a bit unnerving because it was the first hole of the day and the first hole we played on the trip."

'Surreal' experience: Concinco admitted that getting the Nevada trip off to such a sensational start was "surreal."

"It was hard to improve on that," he said.

Concino, who carries at 13-15 handicap, ended the day shooting a 91 on the difficult course that featured a lot of forced carries. That included a 10 on a hole when he suffered three penalty shots, but that couldn't dim the excitement of his magical first hole.

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"I said to Jane when I got to the green that my ball is in the hole," Concino said. "She got teary eyed and I got tell you that I'm shaking (looking at the ball). I was just standing there kind of flabbergasted, speechless."

Highlight of his golf career: Concino said he was a little hesitant to make a big deal out of the achievement since it was a short par-5 hole at 400 yards, but his wife wouldn't hear of it. After the round, she made sure his buddies knew all about the achievement with messages on social media. She even had a video of the swing that ultimately produced the double eagle and she shared that, as well.

Concino has been playing golf for decades, but he has never gotten a hole-in-one. Now, however, he has an albatross, which statistically speaking, is much more difficult. It's been estimated that the odds against a hole-in-one are 12,500-to-1.

Not surprisingly, Concino said it's the highlight of his golfing career.

"It was really nice, because my wife always gives me a hard time, saying 'if you ever have a hole-in-one, you better have it with me.' It was nice to share that with her."

— Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.