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A 14-year-old Canadian golfer has defeated odds of more than 167 million to 1 when she made two holes-in-one in a Club Championship round at the mountainous Canmore Golf & Curling Club.
Speaking of the near impossible achievement, Adele Sanford told Global News: "This was my third tournament ever. My past couple of tournaments I’ve gotten super nervous and completely messed up. This one, I just wanted to beat my last score."
Sanford, who only took up the game last summer, made the first of her historic aces at the par-3 12th hole. "Everyone hit pretty good shots- some of them were on the green, some were just barely off," Sanford recalled. "I just teed up and I thought it was just like any other par three. I wasn’t really expecting anything. But once I hit the ball, I thought, ‘Oh, wow, that’s a good shot.’ I didn’t think it was going to go in."
The ball landed short of the green and rolled into the cup almost as if it were a tap in but when she got to the green, it became official. "I was in shock,” she said. "Everyone else was jumping around and I was standing there looking at the ball."
History repeated itself just three holes later when Sanford arrived at the par-3 15th hole. "They were like, ‘Imagine you get another hole-in-one. That’d be crazy," she said. "By that point, everyone was watching. I hit that one dead straight and I thought ‘holy smokes, that’s going to go in.’ And it did."
When the teenager revealed the rare feat to her mother, it was met with (understandably) disbelief. "I got pretty teary when I found out it was true," Kim Sandford said. "I’ve been golfing since I was a kid and I’ve never hit a hole-in-one. It’s pretty amazing."
Sandford hopes to continue playing and improving her game in the hope she can walk the LPGA Tour fairways with her idol and fellow Canadian Brooke Henderson.
James joined Golf Monthly having previously written for other digital outlets. He is obsessed with all areas of the game – from tournament golf, to history, equipment, technique and travel. He is also an avid collector of memorabilia; with items from the likes of Bobby Jones, Tiger Woods, Francis Ouimet, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Adam Scott and Ernie Els. As well as writing for Golf Monthly, James’ golfing highlight is fist bumping Phil Mickelson on his way to winning the Open Championship at Muirfield in 2013. James grew up on the east coast of England and is the third generation of his golfing family. He now resides in Leeds and is a member of Cobble Hall Golf Club with a handicap index of 1.7. His favourite films are The Legend of Bagger Vance and Tin Cup.
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