After dealing with Michael Vick, Tim Doneghy and Kia Vaugnn of late, I needed this: A blind golfer got a hole-in-one.
Shiela Drummond, who was blinded by diabetes 26 years ago, scored an ace last Sunday on No. 4, a 144-yard, par-3, at Mahoning Valley Country Club in Lehighton, PA. Of course she didn’t see it; the rest of her foursome did. “They were saying, ‘It’s a great shot,’ and then I heard it hit the pin,” Drummond told AP.
You gott ya love it, especially if you’re a golfer. I’ve been playing for 16 years and have one ace, gained so long ago, when I had absolutely no clue what I was doing (as opposed to simply no clue, as I often feel these days!), that I might as well have been blind. Scoring an ace is part skill (You have to at least get the ball heading in the general direction of the hole and a lot of luck.
In 1999, Golf Digest said the odds of an amateur getting a hole-in-one were 1 in 12,750. They did not re-jigger the odd if said amateur was blind.
That said, Drummond is no hack. In fact she’s on the board of directors of the United States Blind Golfers Association. With a 48 handicap, she says she plays about three rounds a week and participates in eight to nine tournaments a year. “I just try to do the best I can,” she says. “I get nervous.”
Like I said, after such a week, you simply gotta love it.