The odds are 1 in 33,000.
Last year, at the annual Glen Rose/Somervell County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament held at Squaw Valley Golf Course, Jason Coalson of Hico beat the odds when he made a hole-in-one.
“I remember it just like it was yesterday,” he said.
When Coalson and his teammates walked up to the tee box at the Links Course, he said it didn’t even register that it was the Hole-in-One award hole. He hit the ball and waited.
“I’ll be danged if it didn’t just go in the hole,” he said. “They had it set in a low spot. We weren’t 100 percent (sure) it got in until we got up there. I just went crazy after that.”
The hole was sponsored by First Community Bank last year and the award for the hole-in-one was $25,000. For someone with little experience, Coalson was shocked that he aced the hole.
“I just started playing golf like five months before that,” he said.
And he owes a little of his luck to a local golf pro.
“The funny things is, the week before I had just gotten a lesson from Duff (Cunningham) with my irons,” Coalson said. “One of the irons we worked on is the one I used to hit that one in.”
Cunningham, who is the golf professional at Squaw Valley, said a hole-in-one is a rare occasion.
“I’ve been playing golf for 34 years and never hit one,” he said.
Cunningham may have given Coalson the iron lessons, but said he would never have guessed his game would have been spot-on.
“Who would of known the following Friday he would have used a four iron to knock it in the hole,” he said.
Cunningham described the 180-yard shot as “mass chaos.”
“It was pretty neat and it was a lot of fun,” he said. “He hit a good shot.”
As for Coalson, he will return to Squaw Valley on Oct. 2 for this year’s Chamber Golf Tournament and hopes to repeat his luck.
The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, with a shotgun start. The cost is $250 for a foursome and sponsorships begin at $70. For more information or to register a team, call 254-897-2286 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.