Some say lightening never strikes twice. But on July 17, 2012, two members of The Portland Country Club, Matt Parker of Falmouth and Travis Ferrante of Portland, defied 17 million to 1 odds to make two holes-in-one within seconds of each other on the fourth hole of The Portland Country Club, located in Falmouth Foreside, Maine. Portland Country Club members, Greg Pirone and Dave Hanson, witnessed the two holes-in-one. Pirone also put his ball within a foot of the cup, narrowly missing a trifecta.
According to the rules of golf, the foursome had to complete the full 18 holes for the two holes-in-one to officially count. With the weather looking ominous, but no sirens sounding to clear the course, the lucky foursome pushed on with a light rain and distant rumblings of thunder in the background. "We felt like that guy from Caddy Shack and we were nervous we wouldn't finish, but we weren't going anywhere unless the sirens told us to get off the course," said Parker. "It was my first hole-in-one and Travis' second. And we wanted to make sure it was official," continued Parker.
The foursome teed off at 4:10 p.m. and finished in the nick of time as the skies literally opened up with rain and heavy lightning. Golfing tradition states that any maker of a hole-in-one purchases a round of drinks for those who remain in the clubhouse bar. But those who remained got a double treat. Two holes-in-one, a double rainbow and multiple lightning strikes in the air as the celebratory drinks were poured. "I've never seen anything like it," stated Matt Parker's father, David. "These boys should go buy a lottery ticket," he continued.
The first hole-in-one on the 125 yard fourth hole came after an amazing start to Parker's round. The 18 handicap was 1 under going into the fourth hole. Parker's opponent Travis Ferrante stated, "I told him you're not going to beat us four in a row and then he canned his shot." After Parker's ace, things looked bleak until Ferrante dropped his shot in the hole as well after Pirone hit his shot. The two looked at each other in amazement as the two Titleist Pro V 1's sat in the fourth hole together, seemingly waiting patiently for the golfers to carefully remove them from the hole.
"We don't know what the odds are for a double rainbow, but according to Google, we believe the odds of two holes-in-one in the same group on the same hole are 17 million to one," laughed Ferrante.
Parker, an 18 handicap, went on to shoot a career round of one over par 35 on the front. The excitement apparently got the best of him as he inevitably came back to earth with a 46 on the back nine to finish with a solid 82. Ferrante went 36 and 43 to finish at 79 on the Donald Ross course. "I'm not sure how I shot a hole-in-one and a 79 and lost six bucks? But it happened," mused Ferrnate.