Just one year off the Nationwide Tour, Tee McCabe might have wished he was on it for one more day as he carded two double-eagles on his way to a record 60 at Hammock Bay Country Club just a week ago.
McCabe, of Marco, was playing with three former Lely High players when he recorded what can be considered a phenomena.
According to a website, www.doubleeagle-club.org, the odds of making a double-eagle are 1 million to 1, compared to 40,000 to 1 for a hole-in-one. There has only been one person previously to make two in a round. It was Norman Manley. He not only made two double-eagles, he made consecutive hole-in-ones on two par four holes at Del Valle Country Club on Aug. 30, 1964. The distances were 330 yards and 290 yards.
McCabe’s fete was done on the fifth-hole par 5, 540 yards and the eighth-hole par 5, 512 yards.
McCabe, 31, has begun a new career with Merrill Lynch, but on this Sunday he might as well have been on tour.
On the fifth hole McCabe hammered his tee shot 300 yards, leaving 240 yards. Using a three-wood, his next shot landed eight feet from the hole and rolled in like he was hitting a putt.
“It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.,” he said. “As a good player you have a small goal in mind,” he said. “However, this was not a short-term goal, for me it was a lifelong goal to make a double-eagle, they just don’t come that often. When it happened again three holes later it was unreal, like a ghost or something taking over.”
On the eighth hole, 512 yards, McCabe hit his tee shot another 300 yards, leaving him 212 yards. Using a four iron he hit the shot past the hole to a slight hill which sloped down. The ball rolled back and in.
“It was just incredible, we all started yelling at the top of our lungs,” McCabe said. “I had accomplished a major goal, twice.”
Playing with him were Ryan Richardson, Lely class of 2005, who is in outside operations at Hammock Bay, Oliver Gendron, Lely 2006, an assistant golf professional at Royal Poinciana Country Club and Patrick Wagor of Marco, Lely 2007.
It was like it was meant to be.
The day before Wagor had played Hammock Bay and was told about McCabe once being 10 under par after 10 holes.
“Actually the guy exaggerated slightly, I was 10 under after 11,” McCabe said.
The foursome was involved in a friendly game of Wolf. Wagor said they weren’t playing for money, maybe steaks after the match.
“We got to the fifth hole and Oliver said what would happen if someone eagles the hole,” Wagor said. “Tee told us ‘Don’t worry, no one is going to make eagle.’”
On the eighth hole they were driving into the wind.
“I was sitting in the (golf) cart when Ryan said the ball was going toward the hole,” Wagor said. “We were all in shock when the ball disappeared. Tee threw his club in the air, tossed his hat and gave us all a big bear hug. That ended our friendly game of Wolf.”
And for the record, McCabe was 10 under after 10 holes.
Greg Hardwig, Naples Daily News sports editor, supplied the statistical information for the article.