According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds of two amateur golfers hitting an ace on the same hole on the same day is 17 million to 1.

So what would be the odds of it happening twice on Wisconsin golf courses in one week? Incalculable. Like earning SuperCash and Megabucks on the same day.

Call Mr. Ripley. The near-impossible has happened.

On July 27, two golfers hit aces on the same hole during an outing hosted by Spectrum Investment Advisors at Trappers Turn in Wisconsin Dells. Exactly seven days later, on August 2, it happened again when two golfers hole-in-one on the same hole during a Stars and Stripes outing at Camelot Golf Club in Lomira.

The Spectrum outing was a “customer appreciation day”. Although the organizers can’t really take credit for it, two customers left Trappers Turn with the golf memory of a lifetime.

Ken Frank (left) and David Roche (right) pose with their hole-in-one flags after their aces at Trappers Turn on the same hole. In the middle is Jim Marshall, an ambassador for Spectrum Investment Advisors, who organized the July 27 golf outing.

First on Canyon No. 7, Ken Frank of Monona, who plays with a handicap of 16. The downhill hole was 147 yards.

“I hit my 150-yard club — a Ping, by the way — and my Callaway golf ball,” Frank said.

Wait, he has sponsorship deals?

“The ball hit the green and started rolling and we kind of lost it to the sun and the shadows,” Frank said. “I walked to the hole. When you first look at the top of the first quarter hole and don’t see the ball, it’s like going from adulation to depression. And then finally you get three quarters above the hole and there it sits.

Frank is 68 years old and has been golfing for over 50 years. It was his first hole-in-one.

“It can happen at any time,” he said.

The best part of the story, however, is that Frank was playing with his best friend, Minocqua’s Jay Erfurth. Twenty-five years ago, Frank witnessed Erfurth’s hole-in-one at Lake Arrowhead

“Of course he bought dinner and drinks,” Frank said. “And for 25 years, all I’ve ever heard on a par-3 – and I play with him once a month – is, ‘Boy, I’m thirsty’ or, before I knock,” Boy, that would be a good time for dinner.

“At the end of the night and in the five different bars we visited in the Dells area, I probably bought 50 drinks for different people who were with us. I definitely had a MasterCard injury.

Shortly after Frank made his ace, 41-year-old David Roche of Brookfield stepped up to the start of Canyon No. 7 with his 7 iron.

“I hit it thin and lost the ball in the tree line,” he said. “It was a small cutter, but I knew it was heading for the hole. One playing partner said he thought he saw it come in, but the other playing partner said he thought he saw a ball still on the putting green.

“I walked to the green with my putter, looking for the ball.”

He found it in the hole.

“It was a little incredulous,” said Roche, whose handicap index is 20.6. “Took a while to figure it out. We were playing in a scramble with a shotgun start, so that was my last shot of the day.”

Not a bad way to end the round.

An ace is also a great way to start a round.


Sami Williams (left) and Ian Stawicki pose for a photo after they both had a hole-in-one on No. 13 on the same day while out at Camelot Golf Club in Lomira.

Just ask Milwaukee’s Sami Williams, who hole-in-one on his very first swing at the Stars and Stripes outing at Camelot. She used a 9 iron to pierce the No. 13 on the shotgun start. The hole measured 114 meters.

“I hit last (in his group), since I was playing from the front tees,” she said. “We didn’t have a single ball on the green, so they told us, ‘Stay close because you’re the only shot we have left. I take a nice easy swing and the path was right at the hole. We just hoped he had the distance. It took two rebounds and fell in and you could see it the whole time.

“It was crazy. I screamed. … Everyone clapped their hands and said how amazing it was.

Williams, 27, played golf at Sussex Hamilton High School and Lakeland University in Sheboygan, but had never hit a hole-in-one.

Shortly after Williams’ ace, Muskego’s Ian Stawicki hit the number 13 with a 7-iron. The hole was 176 yards from his tee.

“It was actually on our last hole that I discovered,” Williams said. “Our cart walked up to me and she was like, ‘You’re not going to believe this. I just served another guy who had a hole-in-one on the same hole. I said, ‘ Really?’ I was disappointed. I was super excited because it was my first one I ever hit. That kind of took away some of the excitement.

“But it’s still a big deal.”

Four golfers now have a story to tell, a story that no longer needs embellishment. But golfers being golfers…

“If you call me in a month or two,” Frank said, “the hole will get longer and the club will get shorter.”