When Mike Nagtegaal stepped onto the tee of the 13th hole at Hazelemere golf course on June 23, the last thing he was thinking about was $10,000.
Nagtegaal, participating in the Falcons Classic golf tournament hosted by Surrey Christian School, was just wanting to hit the ball and move on to his next shot.
Playing in the pouring rain, Nagtegaal was already soaking wet, and not aware that the 161yard 13th hole was a prize hole.
Nagtegaal originally went for his four iron. His son Danny, who was in his group, told him to put that club away and use his driver.
Nagtegaal obliged, stepped up to the tee, and hit a left-to-right slice that landed short of the green, rolled up towards the pin, and then dropped into the hole.
Nagtegaal did not even see the ball go in, as his glasses were soaked from the rain, but heard his son and his brother-inlaw, also in the group with him, start yelling and screaming.
After going to the green to confirm that the ball had indeed dropped in the hole, Nagtegaal was informed by a volunteer at that hole that he had not only hit a hole-in-one, but he had also won the $10,000 prize that accompanied such a feat.
While hole-in-ones are extremely rare among amateur golfers, the event was made even more unlikely by the fact that Nagtegaal is not a regular golfer, and had not golfed since he participated in this same tournament two years previous.
In fact, Nagtegaal has only golfed three times in the past four years, and all three times had been at the Falcons Classic.
"It was just one of those things" said Nagtegaal.
"Just goes to show that even bad golfers can hit a good shot every once in a while."
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