A hole in one in golf is rare, but a hole in one on the same course, on the same hole and on consecutive days is a feat worth remembering, especially if that golfer is given wine as a reward.
Last week, Australian golfer Graham Marsh received 340 bottles of wine from his native country -- Hardys Shiraz Nottage Hill 2002 (85 points on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale, $8) -- after sinking aces on the same hole during the Senior British Open, held at Royal Portrush in North Ireland.
"There's no better prize I could have been given, being a wine connoisseur," Marsh said in a statement. "This could just about take me out of professional golf. It's a freaky situation."
No player on the PGA, Champions, European or Senior European tours had ever accomplished the feat before, tournament officials added. The par 3 11th hole where Graham potted the balls is 170 yards long.
"He's the first player on either side of the Atlantic to get two holes in one, on the same hole, during this tour," Hardys spokeswoman Caroline Abbott said. For his accomplishment, the wine company, which is cosponsoring the tour, gave Graham one bottle of wine for every yard his two shots traveled before dropping into the cup.
Despite his show of skill, Graham finished ninth overall in the tournament.