While playing in the Greater Houston Junior Championship qualifying tournament at Cypresswood Golf Course, Houston resident Aubrey Phillips, 16, made two holes-in-one in the same round.
The first ace of the day – his first ever – came after a perfectly struck 9-iron at the 155-yard 5th hole.
“On No. 5, the sun was in our eyes on the tee box, and there were a lot of shadows on the green,” Phillips said. “I hit a smooth 9-iron, and the ball was going right at the pin. There was a sand trap directly behind the hole, and we couldn’t see the ball land. We figured it either went straight in the trap or straight in the hole.”
After the miracle shot, Phillips neglected to pocket the Slazenger golf ball to keep as a memento. Instead, he kept playing with it, hoping it would bring him luck the rest of the round.
“I didn’t play very well on the front nine,' Phillips said of his 42. 'I needed all the luck I could get on the back nine, so I kept using the same ball.”
At the 160-yard 16th hole, lightning struck twice as Phillips scored another ace with the same lucky Slazenger – and the same club too. He went on to shoot 1-under 35 on the back nine.
Phillips’ 5-over 77 at the 6,686-yard Cypress Course was three shots inside the cut line. He moved on to the HGA Junior Championship, Aug. 28-29 at Redstone Golf Club, site of the PGA Tour Shell Houston Open.