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Husband and wife make aces on same Texas back nine

Joe and Karen Wilkens, from Horseshoe Bay, Texas, outside Austin, have played hundreds of rounds together. They had the round of their lives on Feb. 25 when they both had a hole-in-one on the back nine of the Gary Player course at the Woodlands Country Club outside of Houston. Karen aced the par-3 11th hole, from 82 yards with a pitching wedge. It was her first hole-in-one. Three holes later, Joe followed suit with a 7-iron from 131 yards on the 14th hole. It was his second career ace.  He finished with an 83, and she shot 95. A second couple was with them to witness the golf oddity.  "I can't believe it, I just can't believe it," Joe Wilkens said. "What are the odds of that happening?" Actually, The Golf Digest Clearinghouse estimates the odds of two family members making a hole in one in the same round at 17 million to 1. "He said he didn't really didn't want much publicity, it really wasn't a big deal, but we think it's a pretty big deal to do it with your wife in the same round," said Gary Parsons, an assistant pro at Horseshoe Bay.

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by Kevin Cunningham