Here's a question for you: What's better than making a hole-in-one during a round? The usual answer to this question would be "nothing" ... unless your name happens to be Rich Akin.
We've chronicled incredible holes-outs on this site before, but what the 67-year-old Texan did recently is nothing short of amazing, after he recorded two aces during a Men's Golf Association tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course in Missouri City, Texas.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Akin, who already had four aces at the course before his round last weekend, started things off with a bang when he recorded his first hole-in-one of the day on the par-3 fifth hole with a wedge.
After pulling the ball from the cup, he did what pretty much every golfer would've done in that exact same situation: he put the ball in his bag. After all, there's no way anyone would be crazy enough to use a ball he recorded an ace with for the rest of the round, right? RIGHT?!?
Well, Akin decided to risk fate later in the round, following a lost ball that required him to reload and play the last hole with... the hole-in-one ball. Oh, and if you thought playing with the same ball was crazy, Akin also called his second hole-in-one in the air. Not bad, sir.
In a shotgun event, his second and last one came on his last shot, a 7-iron at the 147-yard par 3 on the La Quinta Course at Quail Valley.
"I called that one (in the air)," recalled Akin, an 8-handicap who lives in Houston. "I said, 'Last hole. Let's make it two.' "
Akin's high draw landed about 15 feet short of the pin and trickled in, similar to what he did earlier on the par-3 fifth hole with a pitching wedge. ... He had intended to save the ball he used for the first one, but when he lost his second ball in a water hazard, he wound up using his original ball on the 17th.
Yep, that hole-in-one story might top the charts. Congrats to Rich Akin on the incredible accomplishment, but what I want to know is why he was playing with only two golf balls in a tournament to begin with. Was he trying to pull a John Daly and walk off the course at some point? Is he a wild and crazy gambler?
These are all question I'd love to have answered. But alas, we're left with just the story of a man making two aces in one round. I guess we'll have to make do with that for now, friends.