For Jenkins, Pair of Aces a Winning Hand in Vegas
LOWELL -- Tiger and Phil will be teeing it up at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas next week in a $9 million, made-for-TV match-play event.
But it’s unlikely either one of them will have a day quite like Mt. Pleasant Golf Club head professional Joel Jenkins had on Saturday.
Jenkins made two holes-in-one in an eight-hole span while playing in the New England PGA Las Vegas Pro-Am at Shadow Creek with a group of Mt. Pleasant members.
In 35 years of playing golf, Jenkins had come close but never before wrote a ‘1’ on his scorecard. And then he did it twice in a two-hour span.
“They told me the odds are 67 million-to-1 to make two on the same day,” said Jenkins Wednesday in a phone call from Vegas, where he was playing in another tournament before heading home Thursday.
Playing with MPGC members Gary Walsh, Bob Bellavance, Ed Mierzwa and Charlie Woods, Jenkins hit a “cut 8-iron” on the fifth hole, a 162-yard slightly uphill par 3. It was tough to see the cup from the tee, but Walsh said he thought the ball went in the hole.
Turns out it did. Another group of Mt. Pleasant members playing behind Jenkins’ group joined his fivesome in a wild celebration. He called his wife Laura to tell her about it.
Jenkins settled back into his par/bogey groove before coming to the 13th hole, a very tough par-3 playing at 198 yards, all carry. He selected a 6-iron for the cause.
At first Jenkins thought the shot was too long, but as they approached the putting surface there were no balls on the green and none on the back fringe.
“My daughter called me as I was walking up to the 13th green to congratulate me for my first hole in one,” said Jenkins. “I said ‘Hold on a minute, I think I juts got another one.’ ”
He did -- and the Lowell crowd went wild yet again.
Jenkins, 46, has been a popular guy around the local golf scene since taking over for Mike Mullavey on Staples Street five years ago. A Billerica native, he also coaches the Billerica High varsity golf team.
He finished with a 77 for Saturday’s round on a very strict golf course. “I couldn’t pull the trigger after all that,” he said. “It was just surreal.” There were two other aces that day in the tournament.
Of course, Jenkins & Co. hit the casino that night to see if his good fortune would carry over to the tables or slots. No such luck.
And the bar tab for the traditional post-round drinks? “Pretty hefty,” said Jenkins. “Very hefty.”
He may have to buy a few more when he gets back to Mt. Pleasant.