Golfers' luck is all in the family

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Jim Gove, the assistant superintendent at Jones Creek Golf Club, and his two sons, Taylor, 13, and Reid, 11, all know what it feels like to score a hole-in-one on the golf course.

For most golfers, a hole-in-one can become an excuse for a lifetime of bragging rights.


For one Evans family, it's become no big deal.

In less than a year, Jim Gove and his son Reid, 11, have both knocked a tee shot onto the green and into the cup. A second Gove son, Taylor, 13, has done it twice.

"I think it's so neat that the three of us have gotten so many in such a short span," said Mr. Gove, who knows something about golf courses. He works as an assistant superintendent at Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans.

The Gove family moved to the area from New Hampshire four years ago.

Mr. Gove said the family's lucky streak began during Masters Week last year, when Taylor sank a tee shot on the par-3 No. 4 at Bartram Trail Golf Club in Columbia County.

The hole was 150 yards away and required a perfect 7-iron shot, he said.

Last fall, Bartram Trail was lucky again, this time for Reid, who sank his first ace on the eighth hole Nov. 24. He accomplished the 136-yard shot with a 4-wood.

Taylor got another hole-in-one Feb. 17, using an 8-iron on Jones Creek's 15th hole. The yardage was 124.

Mr. Gove said that's when he started to feel some family pressure.

"They were really rubbing it in," he said. "I'm 44 and I hadn't even gotten a hole-in-one yet.

"And so the 23rd (of March), six days after Taylor's second, I finally got one on No. 6 at Jones Creek," he said.

The family luck seems to be limited to golf, Mr. Gove said.

He bought a lottery ticket, "but that hasn't paid off," he said.

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The chance of one person hitting a hole-in-one is 13,600 to 1, if you go by the odds of Hole in One International, an insurer of hole-in-one prize offerings. The odds of winning the most recent Mega Millions lottery drawing were 1 in 176 million.