Man shoots two holes-in-one on same nine

By Brad Hobbs' account, he's not a very good golfer. But on Easter Sunday, the same week the Abington, Mass., resident turned 58 years old, his game was good enough to make him an official beverage supplier for members of Brockton Country Club.

Hobbs shot two holes-in-one -- at the 145-yard third hole and the 195-yard ninth -- in the same round at the nine-hole club. There were five witnesses to Hobbs' shots, which capped a career-best 81 on the par-68 trek.

The rare event was reported by the Boston Herald in Friday's editions. Hobbs told the newspaper he has the souvenir balls on his desk at home, along with the scorecard of his round. He plans to frame them.

"That's what it was, a lot of luck," said Hobbs, a custodian at a local elementary school. "I just got up and hit the ball and hoped I hit it straight."

Hobbs, who said he has three career aces, used a 7-wood on the third hole. According to the Herald's story, the hole normally plays to a par 5 but has been temporarily shortened to a par 3 during course reconstruction.

Hobbs' ball hit the side of a hill near a right greenside sand trap and rolled into the cup.

"Everyone started yelling and screaming at me," Hobbs told the Herald. "That ball went right into my pocket."

He aced the ninth hole with a 3-wood.

"It was an uphill shot and you don't see the green," Hobbs said. "I spent a few minutes looking for my ball. Everyone thought it was in the rough. One guy said maybe it's in the hole. I said, 'No way.' That went into my pocket, too. Nobody had heard of anyone doing it before."

Hobbs told the Herald he's a 17-handicapper who began playing golf at age 18. He said he plays about three times a week.

"I'm a little ecstatic," Hobbs said. "I had a triple bogey, too. That's par for me. I enjoy it but I don't play that great. I just hit shots.

"A lot of people have been telling me to call Golf Digest or something. For one [ace] they don't do much but two you never know. When I tell people they don't believe me. One guy, I had to show him my scorecard."