Many golfers will go their entire lives without making the famed hole-in-one shot, but 26-year-old Sean Rago will not be one of them.
The Canton resident joined the elite club at Pheasant Run Golf Course on Sept. 5 after acing hole 23 on the West Course with a 7-iron.
In golfing, hole-in-ones are pretty rare, depending largely on skill but also on a fair amount of luck. The shot is most possible on par 3 holes, like the one Rago made.
Rago's hole-in-one was witnessed by his playing partner, Garett Hyman.
"He was 174 yards from the front pin location and aced it with a 7 iron," Hyman said. "It was a high draw that landed on the front of the green and rolled up and in. There were two witnesses sitting on their deck of their home (that lines the right side of the hole) that cheered him on after it went in."
Greg Bores, PGA Head Golf Professional at Pheasant Run said Rago's name will be added to the golf course's hole-in-one plaque and he will receive a personalized plaque with a picture of the hole, club used, date the shot was made and all of the other personal information on it.
Bores said that out of an average of 38,000 rounds of golf played each year, Pheasant Run typically has between eight to 10 hole-in-runs.
"We've had four hole in ones in the last week," Bores said. "Which is a little bit above average. I'd say we have at least eight to 10 already this year."
Bores said that hole-in-ones are rare, and that different sources have different probabilities of making the shot.
"Say there's 38,000 rounds of golf a year and the average golfer takes 100 shots, that's 380,000 shots," Bores explained. "Divided by, on average, getting eight to 10 hole-in-ones a year, so that's 1 in 475,000 shots. Purely by math, that's the way it would come out."
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