SPRING, Texas — Houston junior golfer Aubrey Phillips says he doesn't really consider himself lucky, but he had a round he'll never forget Thursday making two holes-in-one in a single round at a Houston Golf Association qualifying tournament.
Phillips, 16, who had never before made a hole-in-one and was playing the Cypresswood Golf Club for only the second time, used a 9-iron to ace both the par-3 154-yard 5th hole and the 160-yard 16th on the Cypress Course. He used the same golf ball for both aces.
"It was pretty incredible," he said. "Nobody in my family has ever made one, so I guess I have bragging rights."
According to a national hole-in-one service, the odds of making two aces in one round are 67 million to one.
Despite the first ace, he only shot 42 on the front nine and was far out of the running for a spot in the Greater Houston Junior Championship later this month.
"On the back nine, I just decided I would be aggressive and go for everything," Phillips said. "If there was water I was going over it, if there was a pin I was going for it."
That's what happened on the 16th hole, where he aimed directly at the pin, watched the ball bounced twice on the green and roll in the hole for his second ace.
"The second one was really my favorite because everybody had already heard about the first and we had a huge crowd in there," he said. "When the ball went in the hole, everybody went wild."
Phillips wound up with a 35 on the back nine and a 77 total to qualify for a spot in the season-ending junior tournament for golfers all over the Houston-area, conducted by the organizers of the Shell Houston Open.
"I knew I needed to be in the 70s to advance, one way or another," Phillips said. "I glad I was able to do it."