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Benton golfer defies odds by draining two hole-in-ones in same round

  • Cy Norman, from Benton, poses with the two hole-in-one balls from Monday's round at Benton County Club. Norman aced the par-3 No 4 and No. 7, giving him a total for four aces in his lifetime. Norman is 15 and will be a sophomore at Benton High School.

    Cy Norman, from Benton, poses with the two hole-in-one balls from Monday's round at Benton County Club. Norman aced the par-3 No 4 and No. 7, giving him a total for four aces in his lifetime. Norman is 15 and will be a sophomore at Benton High School.
    SPYDER DANN | mdann@dailyregister.com

  • The two golf balls Norman used to make the two hole-in-ones from Monday's round at Benton County Club. Norman aced the par-3 No 4 and No. 7, giving him a total for four aces in his lifetime. Norman is 15 and will be a sophomore at Benton High School.

    The two golf balls Norman used to make the two hole-in-ones from Monday's round at Benton County Club. Norman aced the par-3 No 4 and No. 7, giving him a total for four aces in his lifetime. Norman is 15 and will be a sophomore at Benton High School.
    SPYDER DANN | mdann@dailyregister.com

 
By Spyder Dann mdann@dailyregister.com
BENTON
updated: 5/19/2020 4:38 PM

The odds are astronomical.

The feat is unfathomable.

Yet, just separated by a mere 30 minutes, Benton's Cy Norman accomplished a feat that is rare as much as it is remarkable after he drained back-to-back hole-in-ones in his round Monday at Benton Country Club.

The 15-year-old teed it up with the earlier notion that he wasn't even going to play. Now, he's glad he did.

The odds of making just one hole-in-one are 12,500-to-1.

The odds of making two aces in the same round are a bit more bananas, like 67 million-to-1.

Norman nailed his first at the No. 4, par-3 that played 152 yards. Norman used an 8 iron that hit the green, had one hop and found its way into the hole.

Playing by himself at the time, Norman got some eye-witness help from a group a hole ahead of him.

"I got a group of women playing in front of me to witness it because I was playing by myself," Norman said. "I didn't even see it go in on No.4. The noodles are in the cup to where you can still kind of see a little bit off the ball and I don't know for sure until I got up there, but once I thought it had a chance of being in the hole, I sprinted to see if it went in."

As if that wasn't luck enough, Norman was able to pair up with friend Collin Miller as two holes later and some 30 minutes, the magic was back for Norman.

"When I rolled around to No. 6, I started playing with Collin. When we got to the tee box on No. 7 he said, 'wouldn't it be crazy if you got two in one day!'

Welcome to Crazy Town. Population: 2

The par-3, seventh played 120 yards and using a gap wedge, Norman's shot ricocheted off the the pin, came back and spun into the hole.

"Collin and I just kind of went crazy, screaming and jumping around."

Norman describes the accomplishment as shocking and/or surprising.

"You obviously can't make it happen," Norman said. "There is that luck factor and on 7 that's kind of what happened. That was the second most interesting hole-in-one, because the first one I flew it straight in."

Oh yeah, Norman now has four hole-in-ones in his young life. The first came at a junior high sectional in Paris, Illinois.

Norman had to make good on the outcome of any hole-in-one and is now a little lighter in the wallet after buying some drinks back at the clubhouse, where waiting was his dad and BCHS golf coach Reggie Norman.

"The first call I made was to my dad," Cy said, "The first one he was like, 'oh yeah, good job.' The second one was more like, 'no way, get out of here!'

All golfers can't help but to have the mindset when stepping up on a par-3, looking for an ace. Norman puts his achievement into perspective.

"It's still a little shocking, I'm not going to lie. The first one is the craziest and probably my favorite. I'll group these two together, forever."

As for the next time he decides to tee it up.

"I'm just going to try to hit as close as I can and if it goes in, it goes in."

Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois Local Media News Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.