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Shots of a lifetime

Father and son record back-to-back holes-in-one at River’s Edge Golf Club

September 12, 2012
By JAMES ANDERSEN - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News

According to US Hole in One, the odds of two golfers from a foursome making a hole-in-one on the same hole are 26 million to one.

The odds of a father and son accomplishing the same feat are a staggering 156 million to one.

Mike and Aaron Harter of Mount Pleasant defied both of those odds when they sank back-to-back holes-in-one on the par-3 165-yard No. 14 at River's Edge Golf Club on August 3.

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Father and son Mike Harter (right) and Aaron Harter of Mount Pleasant recorded back-to-back holes in one on the par-3 165-yard No. 14 at River’s Edge Golf Club on Aug. 3, a feat that carries 156-million-to-one odds. Aaron sank his ace with a four-iron hybrid while Mike used an eight iron.

"It was just a great bonding moment. We just kept smiling and smiling," Aaron said. "We couldn't get the grins off our faces."

By their own admissions, neither Mike nor Aaron was playing particularly well during the round as they played as part of a foursome that included Mike's father-in-law Bob Henshaw.

"I was just playing ok. I hit a couple of shots I wasn't particularly proud of and I was just going through swing motions," Mike said.

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"It's surreal. You never have expectations of hitting a hole-in-one and for us to do it together is a great feeling," Mike said. "What a memory for us to have, this once-in-a-lifetime event."

- Mike Harter on the experience of getting back-to back holes-in-one with his son Aaron

The father and son duo had played decently but had nothing to brag about by the time they stepped up to No. 14.

Two shots later, the pair not only had something to brag about, they achieved a golf feat with the most impossible of odds and they had created the memory of a lifetime for themselves.

Aaron went first, hitting his shot with a four-iron hybrid and immediately got a great feeling about the shot as it tracked right toward the green and bounced up in front of a ledge onto the elevated green. Though they couldn't see the ball, both Aaron and his father were sure the ball had to be on the green.

Mike went next, hitting his shot off the tee with an eight iron. As the shot tracked right toward the pin, Mike lost sight of it and figured it probably rolled past the pin a ways.

As they walked toward the hole, Mike and Aaron didn't see their balls on the green and were puzzled, but their suspiciousness was soon replaced by excitement as they looked down and found two balls lying at the bottom of the cup.

"It's surreal. You never have expectations of hitting a hole-in-one and for us to do it together is a great feeling," Mike said. "What a memory for us to have, this once-in-a-lifetime event."

For Mike, who has golfed for 25 years, it was his second hole-in-one of the year after he recorded an ace in April. For Aaron it was his first ace in six years of golfing and the first time he had ever played at River's Edge.

I'd been playing decently, but not my best. That's why I was so excited when I hit the hole-in-one," Aaron said.

After exchanging hugs and high-fives and taking some pictures, the Harters wrote on the proximity marker inside the cup to mark their hole-in-one. As they walked to the next hole, Henshaw told Mike that because the group was playing in a skins format, Mike and Aaron had just nullified each others scores with their aces.

River's Edge golf professional Eric Granata said the Harters' achievement was something to be very proud of.

"It's pretty remarkable. A hole-in-one is one of those accomplishments everyone talks about forever," Granata said. "I can't imagine what they were feeling."



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