Ron Malkin, a passholder at Deerfield Golf Club in Newark, Del., made the remarkable shots over the summer, including two hole-in-ones on the eighth hole, one of the course’s most difficult par-3 holes.
The odds of an amateur golfer scoring a hole-in-one are 1 in 12,500. The National Hole in One Registry sets the odd of an amateur golfer having two hole-in-ones in a single round at 1 in 67,000,000. But Ron Malkin, a passholder at Deerfield Golf Club in Newark, Del., defied odds that may be beyond calculation by making three hole-in-ones at the course in less than seven weeks over the summer.
“I am just amazed,” said Malkin, who has played golf for 25 years but only more seriously over the past four years. “You don’t expect to have a hole-in-one. Then, after the first one goes in, you definitely aren’t looking to repeat it. But to have three, in less than seven weeks at the same course, is the most incredible part of it.”
Malkin got his first ace on August 8, when he knocked in a tee shot on the very difficult eighth hole at Deerfield with a three wood. The second came September 12 on the 165-yard sixteenth hole with a six iron. Thirteen days later, Malkin earned his third hole-in-one on the eighth hole again.
“I guess that’s one of the aspects of this story that makes it even tougher to believe,” said Malkin, “My hole-in-ones have come not only in such short succession, but on the two longest and least likely holes at Deerfield. My friends and family keep telling me to play the lottery, to see if my luck can carry over to other things. I don’t mind the attention. I am just as happy to have a little luck at golf.”
For a comparison, Tiger Woods has earned only two hole-in-ones during PGA tournament competition in over 20 years, according to USA Today.
“People have no idea just how rare this is,” said Jeff Robinson, Sales & Marketing Director for Deerfield. “Some great golfers live their entire lives without ever having just one. For Mr. Malkin to do it not once or twice but three times in 48 days is almost impossible to comprehend.”