With a swing of his 52-degree wedge from the 8th tee, Bill Breuklander produced his most memorable moment on a golf course last Saturday at Rustic Canyon Golf Course in Moorpark.
But it was no match for what came next for the 65-year-old retired firefighter and the rest of his foursome at the unofficial Rustic Canyon Golf Club monthly skins tournament.
After the celebration from his first hole in one subsided, Breuklander turned to playing partner David Racusin, and said, “You watch, somebody is going to drop one in right on top of me and take my skin away.”
Racusin laughed and, after Phil Hurlbut stuck his tee shot just eight feet from the cup, did exactly that.
“It was a good shot, I knew it right away,” Racusin said. “But you don’t expect it to go in.”
The 48-year-old financial advisor from Agoura Hills’ tee shot landed on the green, rolled behind the flag and looked like it was going to stop on the lip.
And then it dropped.
“We went nuts,” Racusin said. “Pandemonium.”
The noise from the 8th tee box was heard around the course.
“The course already knew what was going on because of all the screaming and yelling,” Racusin said.
The odds of two golfers in the same foursome hitting holes in one on the same hole is 64 million-to-1, according to the National Hole-in-One registry.
It was the fourth hole in one of Racusin’s life, three of which have happened on that hole.
“It’s always such a magical thing that one second when you see it drop,” Racusin said.
As a result, Breuklander lost the skin, which would have been worth about $240. Instead, the two golfers split the 65-member tournament’s $50 closest-to-the-hole prize, which was spent on celebratory post-round refreshments.
“It’s a lifetime achievement in golf,” Racusin said. “I know it’s a lot of luck, but you want to do it.”
Breuklander’s tee shot landed behind the hole on the island green 102 yards away and spun back into the hole.
Racusin felt for his playing partner.
“He hits his first hole in one and, a couple minutes later, he’s throwing his hat on the ground saying, ‘You got to be kidding me,’ ” Racusin said. “For it to get stepped on so quick … that’s got to be the shortest-lived celebration for a hole and one in history.”
Breuklander took it in stride.
“It was fun,” Breuklander said. “Having a hole in one is a memory, but having one like that is going to stick for a long time.”
The two golfers will have that memory to share for the rest of their playing days.
“We’ll never see each other again and not say, ‘I can’t believe we did that,’ ” Racusin said. “It’s one of those things we’ll never forget.”
Article originally appeared on: vcstar.com