Fun Facts About Hole In Ones

Here at National Hole-In-One, we’re crazy about the #HoleInOne. It’s in our name! In our appreciation of this rare and notable feat, we’ve scoured the web to share some fun facts about them. Some of them are well-known, and others not so much.

Hole In Ones on the PGA Tour
According to Michael Benzie of PGA.com, professional golfers Robert Allenby and Hal Sutton are the all-time leaders on the PGA Tour with 10 aces each.  That’s incredible!  Fan favorite Phil Mickelson has recorded 5, with Tiger and Jack close behind with 3 and 2, respectively.

Good At Any Age
We found an article on GolfLink.com written by John Lindell.  In it, he tells us that 101-year-old Harold Stilson made a Hole In One in May of 2001, making him the oldest man to ever make one.  However, Elsie McLean scored an ace in 2007, and although it leaves Harold with the record for men, she is now the oldest person to have ever made a Hole In One!

Good to Know!
Our good friends at American Hole-In-One Registry also have some fascinating facts about the achievement posted on their website (www.nationalholeinoneregistry.com).  Here are a few of them:

  1. The average ace-maker has 24 years of experience playing golf!
  2. A golfer sinking a Hole In One has an average handicap of 14.
  3. 50-59 year olds make up the age group with the highest percentage of Hole In Ones (25%), with the 40-49ers coming in a close 2ndat 24%.
  4. 16% of Hole In Ones are made by women.

 

If you are involved with organizing or sponsoring a charity golf tournament, then you must have a Hole In One Contest to attract more participants. Contact us to learn more about the exciting and affordable packages we can provide for your outing!

Call us at 888.527.6944 to speak with a Golf Excitement Specialist for more details!

Odds Of Making A Hole In One

Since Hole In Ones are our business here at National Hole-In-One, we are often asked, “what are the odds of making one?” Some believe that the chances of getting a Hole In One are 10,000 to 1. Others claim that the odds are 100,000 to 1. Well, we’re here to settle the debate.

What are the actual odds of making a Hole In One on a par 3 hole for an amateur?
The odds are 12,500 to 1. For professional golfers, the odds drop to 2,500 to 1. Knowing this information allows us to figure out the chances of someone making a Hole In One during your tournament. If your event has 100 amateur participants and the golf course has four par 3 holes, the odds of a player making a hole in one are 1 in 32. The chance of a participant hitting an ace no longer seems impossible, does it?

Okay, but what about a professional golfer?
If you are hosting a professional tournament, the probability of a golfer making an ace increases. The average Tour event has 144 professional golfers. The odds of a golfer making a Hole In One during a day of golfing are 1 in 4.5. This means the chances of a golfer making a Hole In One during a four-day professional tournament are 1 in 1.
You may have heard stories of two players making an ace at the same event on the same hole. Realistically, the odds of this happening are slim. Statistically, there is a 32,000 to 1 chance of this occurring. Maybe you have also heard the tale of the professional golfer that hits three consecutive Hole In Ones during the same tournament. The chances of a golfer getting three consecutive aces on a par 3 course are 156,250,000 to 1. A golfer has a better chance of winning the lottery than accomplishing three consecutive Holes In One.

Either way, the odds and the event are what create true excitement. Imagine being there with a live audience- that is a memory that will last forever!

For more information about Hole In One coverage, call 888.527.6944 to speak with a Golf Excitement Specialist! 

You Won’t Believe How Former PGA Tour Pro John Morgan Celebrated His Hole In One

Why do golfers always carry two pairs of trousers with them?
…In case they had a Hole In One.

All jokes aside, sometimes you get a Hole In One when you least expect it. That was true when former PGA Tour pro John Morgan sunk an ace at Cumberwell Park in Wiltshire, UK.  Ablrate, an investment company, was hosting a Par 3 shootout with a $100,000 main prize for a Hole In One. All 26 participants had taken a shot and missed.

Then comes Morgan- Just doing a warm down shot, Morgan decided to take a crack at the 170-yard par 3. No one was expecting him to actually make it, but he did! Watching the ball, his face turns from calm and relaxed to only what I can describe as one of pure amazement as the ball sails through the air. Taking a high bounce on the green it sinks right into the hole! Unfortunately, he wasn’t a part of the contest and therefore ineligible for the grand prize, but that definitely didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm and excitement shown by Morgan.

The Victory Lap

Realizing that he had indeed made a Hole In One, Morgan is lifted by one of the other golfers and spun around. He then proceeds to pick up a woman in a pink skirt and run towards the flag. After putting her down, he runs for the water and decides to take a swim before retrieving his ball from the hole. With a kiss, he picks the ball up and holds it out in victory. Later, Ablrate decided to award Morgan with $1,000 even though he wasn’t in the contest.

Watching him celebrate his achievement was almost as exciting as seeing him make the shot. While John Morgan may not be in the PGA Tour this year there is no doubt that this Sky Sports commentator has still got it!

Still having a hard time believing it? He was too. After the event he simply tweeted “Crazy Stuff.” That’s why we love what we do. Here at National Hole-In-One, we love giving Tournament Directors and non-profit organizations an opportunity to host contest like this at their own events.

Don’t have $100,000 lying around to cough up if someone wins the contest? No worries! We offer amazing prizes affordable for every budget. In exchange for a small percentage of the prize cost we will shoulder the main payout and all the risk. The great thing about National Hole-In-One is we are a one stop shop. You can get your Hole In One coverage, signage and prizes all with us!

To find out how we can help your tournament, give us a call at 888.527.6944!

WHAT IS HOLE IN ONE COVERAGE?

So you’re hosting an event…

How would you like to offer spectacular prizes like beach vacations and luxury cars at your next tournament or sporting event while paying only a fraction of the cost with none of the risk? While it may sound too good to be true, it isn’t with the help of National Hole-In-One (NHIO). We make giving away awe-inspiring prizes simple, affordable and risk free.

What is Hole In One Coverage?
Hole In One prize coverage is essentially a contract between an event organizer and a coverage provider. For a small fee, NHIO assumes the financial and legal risks associated with running the event’s contest. This agreement allows you, the event organizer, to offer bigger and better prizes without the hefty price tag and legal risks.

Here’s an example.
Let’s say you are the event co-coordinator for a fundraising golf-tournament and you’ve decide to offer a contest. For a donation, participants can participate in a Hole In One contest on hole #5. If a participant gets a Hole In One on hole #5, they win a brand new GMC truck.

Let’s also say you didn’t choose to get prize coverage. Against the odds someone makes the Hole In One on Hole #5. Now what? You’re responsible for not only paying the full cost of the truck, but also handling all of the paperwork and legal risks associated. With a $40,000 truck on the line it is a risky gamble without insurance.
If instead you had bought Hole In One coverage, you could walk away knowing that the cost of the truck and the legal risks are the responsibility of NHIO. All you had to pay was a fraction of the prize’s cost! Ask any of our clients and they will tell you that the peace of mind provided by our coverage is worth every penny.

Want to know more? Call 888.527.6944 to speak with a Golf Excitement Specialist!