John and Barbara Pagana have combined for 23 holes-in-one.
Courtesy Tim Pagana/PGA of America
By Josh Berhow
Sunday, March 08, 2015

It’s difficult to pick which feat is more impressive: the fact that a husband and wife have combined for 23 holes-in-one, or that their most recent aces came in the same round about an hour apart.

Barbara Pagana, 66, and John Pagana, 69, both recorded holes-in-one at the Ryder Course at PGA Golf Club on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Barbara used a 9-iron to ace the par-3 109-yard fifth hole, and John picked up his 16th career hole-in-one seven holes later, using an 8-iron on the 140-yard par-3 12th.

“It’s the most remarkable thing that I have seen in my 44 years in golf,” said Paul Rudeen, the PGA Director of Instruction at Ocean Edge Resort & Club in Brewster, Massachusetts, who witnessed the shots. “Barb was struggling with proper weight shift before her tee shot, and I told her not to hang too long on her left side. The next thing you know she hit the ball, and it went into the hole.

“When we got to No. 12, Barb and I watched John one-hop his ball into the hole. I was getting really excited and John took it all in stride. It was just unbelievable.”

Barbara, who has seven career holes-in-one and recently won her sixth straight Ladies Club Championship at PGA Golf Club, shot a 71 Friday.

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