BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - Bonita Springs golfer Terry Wells had three of a kind in nine days.
The same kind.
She made three holes-in-one in that period in February on three of Bonita Bay Club’s five golf courses.
“It was crazy,” Wells, who turns 65 later this month, said Tuesday. “This is nuts.”
That’s exactly what some of Wells’ family and friends thought, as the series of texts were sent out by the club announcing each of her holes-in-one, as well as her own personal texts.
“My kids were like, ‘OK, Mom, we get it. Just stop it,’” Wells said chuckling. “Nobody would believe me.”
Her husband, Rodney, also a golfer, didn’t have a choice. He was playing with her for two of the three aces, including the final one. And Terry surpassed him in the ace family record book. She’d had a hole-in-one at their home club in Canada, Mississauga Golf & Country Club, a few years earlier, giving her a total of four to his two.
“Now I’m ahead of him,” she said with a laugh.
Wells, who plays three to four times a week during season, made her first ace on Saturday, Feb. 16 on the 107-yard No. 12 of the Bay Island Course. She made her second on No. 3 at the Sabal Course on Thursday, Feb. 21, and her third on Monday, Feb. 25 on No. 8 of the Marsh Course. The three came in a total of eight rounds.
“With 12,500-to-1 odds of making a single hole-in-one, getting three within nine days is truly an incredible feat,” said E.J. McDonnell, Bonita Bay Club’s director of golf, in a release.
A Bonita Bay Club member and Bonita Bay resident for 20 years, Wells said she’s been taking lessons with teaching professional Justin Smith. Wells, who has a handicap index of 9.6, said she hasn’t come close to a hole-in-one since then.
On the first one at Bay Island, Wells said she did not see the ball go in the hole.
“You have to fly it over the marsh and it’s hard to hold that green there,” she said. “I hit my ball. I knew it was good. I got over there. I saw a ball just at the back (of the green). ‘That must be my ball.’ It wasn’t my ball. ‘Oh my gosh, I thought I hit a great shot, where’s my ball?’ Rod said ‘Why don’t you check the hole?’ I did and there it was.”
Five days later, she was playing with a group of women, and they had a shotgun start, so her first hole of the day was the 103-yard No. 3. And her first swing. And her second hole-in-one. Again, Wells went to another ball on the green thinking it was hers and it wasn’t.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I was all excited. I pulled in the pro shop (to tell them) because they send out a text to all of the members.”
Wells’ husband was playing somewhere else, but one of his playing partners got the text. He told Wells’ husband that he wasn’t going to like what it said.
“I started getting texts back,” she said. “People were telling me to get lost.”
Four days later, Wells was playing with her husband again in a group. The first three players came up short due to the wind on the 104-yard No. 8 on the Marsh Course, so Wells went back and got a 7-iron - she had used an 8-iron on the other two aces - and choked down on the club.
“That was my sweet shot,” she said. “It just felt so good. I did see that one go in. I was, like, nuts. I was in shock.”
The texts were sent out again.
“Fake news,” Wells said was a popular response.
But it was real. As real as it gets.
Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, http://www.naplesnews.com
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