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    Unbelievable! 

    Kiawah Island course records six holes-in-one in a single-day outing

    Kiawah Island Club
    Mike Touhill
    All six of these golfers made a hole-in-one in the same outing on Nov. 6 at Cassique on Kiawah Island. Top (left to right) Larry Patrick, Garrett Hill, Alan Gillespie; Bottom (left to right) Matt Cleveland, Ken Knecktel, Dale Mercer.
    By T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer
    PGA.com

    News crossed the inbox this morning from Mike Touhill, Director of Public Relations for Kiawah Partners, that not one, not two, not three... but six holes-in-one were recorded in the same day at Kiawah Island Club's Cassique course at Kiawah Island, S.C.

    Say what?!

    The record occurred on the Tom Watson-designed links course Wednesday, November 6, during the annual Men's Closing Day golf outing. A total of 71 golfers participated in the event which pairs three members of the private club with one staff member to mark the end of the fall tournament season.

    Five aces were recorded on the fifth hole, a par 3 measuring 118 yards with the other hole-in-one coming on the 148-yard par 3, 16th hole. The shots were made by a combination of members and staff with Garrett Hill, Alan Gillespie, Matt Cleveland, Ken Knecktel and Dale Mercer making an ace on hole No. 5 and Larry Patrick on hole No. 16.

    Touhill noted that the remarkable feat came just hours after longtime Cassique golf shop employee, Tom Churchill, passed away following his 12 year battle with cancer leaving many of his friends and colleagues to suggest the omnipresent "Golf Gods" were at work that day. Churchill worked as a member of the golf shop staff where the event took place, and likely would have participated in the outing as he had for the previous 14 years.

    "Churchie was definitely kicking them in for the guys that day," said Kiawah Island Club Director of Golf, Steve Kelleher. "Tom was a member of the Kiawah family for more than 20 years, beloved by our membership as well as a mentor and colleague to our younger staff. This is always a special event but having dedicated the day to Tom and then recording six holes-in-one, I’m not sure you can really explain it."

    The odds of making a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1. At Cassique on Nov. 6, they were a little less than 1 in 12

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    Unbelievable. . . Cheers!

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    That is truly unbelievable and one heck of an event.  Boy the drinks must have been flowing after that day of golf.  It is also quite a story with the sad passing of a staff member.  

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    I just saw the title and thought someone had a round similar to Kim Jong Il's first round where he shot 38 under with 11 holes in one.  At least it was six separate golfers!!  What a fun tournament to be a part of.  I think our tournament directors need to tale a note on pin placements from the team at Cassique.

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    That is an unbelievable feat.  Thank you for sharing and I am sure it meant a lot to all of them to honor their longstanding golf shop employee.  It must have been a great dedication to him...

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    Lots of drinks bought that day!

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    Wow that is an awesome story!  There was definitely some "divine intervention" going on there!

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    Unbelievable....did not make the local paper in Charleston.....of course our sports department does not do local golf justice......if it is not Clemson or SC football.....WELL.......thanks for the local info.......maybe they will put it in Sunday's sports section.....

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    Congratulations to the lucky 6!! I have to get myself down there then make my way straight to the casino if I Ace one.

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    That's simply amazing!  I wonder if the pin on #5 was in a collection spot, with the balls hit to the right place simply collecting into the hole.  It would be nice to know the handicaps of the members who aced.

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    That is unreal...

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    I missed a great party that day.

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    that's crazy.  incredible way to end the season.

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    pulplvr
    That's simply amazing!  I wonder if the pin on #5 was in a collection spot, with the balls hit to the right place simply collecting into the hole.  It would be nice to know the handicaps of the members who aced.

    Interesting observation about a possible pin placement.  I would hope they were to a legitimate pin.  

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    How'd you like to think you might have had a skin????