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Stanford women’s golf team makes two hole-in-ones at the same tournament on the same day

February 15, 2022

Maybe you’re getting tired of hole-in-ones. Maybe you're desensitized after the ace fest we saw at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this weekend. Maybe you think that if you went out there right now and started firing at pins, you’d probably make one too. Everyone is doing it, after all. Ordinarily we’d say you’re wrong. We’d remind you that hole-in-ones require both luck and skill, and that you're neither lucky nor good. This story doesn’t help our case, however.

At the Lamkin Invitational on Monday, Stanford women’s golf team members Rachel Heck and Caroline Sturdza both jarred an ace of their own. Heck’s hole-in-one came during her first round at The Farms Golf Club’s 141-yard 14th hole while Strudza’s answer came on the 181-yard 5th, her 30th hole of the day.

Making matters even more unbelievable is the fact that the Stanford women’s golf team had not seen an ace since April 2019. After nearly three years without a hole-in-one, they made two in a matter of hours. Call it the law of averages, call it an aberration, but maybe there's really is something in the air right now.

Buoyed by the hole-in-ones, Stanford held a five-stroke team at the end of play on Monday. Apparently teamwork does, in fact, make the dream work.