Eagle Creek member dreamed of making a hole-in-one. Then she got two — in the same round.
Liz Bickerton is 74 and had never made a hole-in-one. It was on her bucket list, though.
"I never thought I'd get it," she said.
On Nov. 17, Bickerton put two in that bucket.
The Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club member was playing at Cedar Hammock, and made two aces in the same round, something that Golf Digest has determined is 67 million to 1 occurring.
"I'm still shaking my head," Bickerton said Monday. "I get all of these messages, and I'm like 'Did that really happen?'"
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Bickerton is from Canada, just outside Toronto, but has been at Eagle Creek for 18 years. She and her husband, Brian, began coming down to Southwest Florida to visit Bickerton's parents, and then ended up getting their own place.
Bickerton and her group of Sue Anthony, Adele Reynolds and Cynthia Torokvei, all friends, started on the back nine. They were playing Cedar Hammock as part of a reciprocal since Eagle Creek has been undergoing a renovation, but is scheduled to reopen soon.
Bickerton had played Cedar Hammock maybe one other time, but not recently. When the group got to No. 14, an 80-yard par 3 and their fifth hole of the day, Bickerton pulled out a 7-iron and looked at the green.
"I don't hit a long ball, but I'm always straight," she said. "This is kind of in my wheelhouse."
Bickerton hit the ball and went onto the green and started rolling.
"Wait a minute. Watch it!" her playing partners said.
And it rolled into the cup.
"We all kind of jumped around," she said, adding people in the townhouses nearby who were watching started applauding.
Bickerton called her husband, who was playing a round at Royal Palm, to let him know. At first, he didn't believe her.
"You did not," he said.
"I did too," she said.
The group continued their round and came around to another par-3, the 88-yard No. 4. This one was over water. Bickerton already had taken the ball she used to make her first ace out of play, and wasn't optimistic what was going to happen on this hole.
"I kind of kissed the ball goodbye because I figured it'd go in the water," she said.
Bickerton pulled out her trusty 11-wood, though, and hit the shot. The ball got over the water and began rolling on the green.
"It can't be, it can't be," her playing partners said.
Then it dropped in the hole.
She called her husband again to say she made another one.
"I know, you already told me," he said.
"No, I had another one," she said.
Her husband has had two.
"He's mad because I caught him," she said with a chuckle.
Bickerton said a few days later, one of her playing partners was catching a flight, and was sitting next to a man at the airport who mentioned that his group was playing behind this woman who had made two holes-in-one.
"That's one of my best friends," she told him.
Senior Challenge Cup Matches: Gene Fieger of Club Pelican Bay, John Lee of Imperial and Stan Geer of Bentley Village represented the area on the South Florida team on Nov. 8-9 at Pelican Bay.
The South beat the North, 24-6, winning four-ball and scramble both by 6-0 scores, foursomes 5-1, and singles, 7-5.
Fieger finished 4-0, while Geer was 3-0-1, and Lee was 3-1.
Chip in for DLC Tournament: More than 140 golfers came out for a round of golf in support of David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health’s mental health and addiction treatment services helping raise over $63,000.
The event was at Quail Creek Country Club and co-chaired by DLC Young Executives Board Members Peter Michaels and Joseph Stusek.
All proceeds benefit the mission, operations, and expansion of DLC’s innovative, comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based prevention, education and treatment services.
The winning teams were: 1st Place, Andy Beights, Allison Christensen, Kyle Mordew, and Phoebe Wise; 2nd Place, David Gomez, Austin Howell, Jude Hubbard, and Matt Baker; 3rd Place, Joe Stusek, Nick Purdue, WT Pearson, and Matt Robertson.
Golf World Demo Days: The Fort Myers facility has released its demo days schedule, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each of the days. Schedule -- Thursday, Dec. 2, Cobra; Thursday, Dec. 9, TaylorMade; Tuesday, Dec. 13, Tour Edge; Thursday, Dec. 16, Callaway.
True Spec Golf: The custom club fitting and club building company is offering 50% off all fittings until the end of the year at both of its Naples locations.
True Spec Naples: 24850 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135 -- True Spec Naples includes two spacious indoor fitting bays, a world-class putting studio, and utilizes the industry’s first quadroscopic launch monitor, Foresight GCQuad.
True Spec Naples Grande: 7335 Premier Dr., Naples, FL 34105 -- Located at Naples Grande Golf Club, True Spec Naples Grande is home to one of our state-of-the art fitting containers and utilizes Trackman launch monitor technology.
Book a fitting at truespecgolf.com using the promo code NAPLES50
Club Champion: The club-fitting company began a 50% discount on fittings with an equipment purchase of $500 or more, from Nov. 1 until Jan. 31 of next year.
The new Naples store also is open at 13555 Tamiami Trail N Unit 3.
The promotion includes all club fitting, but a putter fitting only requires a purchase of a new putter for the discount to apply.
Promotional fitting costs: Full Bag Fitting — $200; Long Game Fitting — $125; Driver Fitting — $87.50; Iron Fitting — $87.50; Fairway/Hybrid Fitting — $62.50; Putter Fitting — $62.50; Wedge Fitting — $50
For more information or to book an appointment, go to clubchampiongolf.com.
First Tee of Naples/Collier: The chapter has released its fall program schedule. Remaining programs are:
Session A: Birdie -- The Quarry, Tuesdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 30
Session B: PLAYer/Par/Teen -- Cypress Woods, Mondays, Nov. 1-29; Royal Palm, Mondays, Nov. 1-29; The Rookery at Marco, Tuesdays, Nov. 2-30; Valencia, Wednesdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 1; The Moorings, Nov. 4-Dec. 2; Coral Isle Golf Center, Thursdays, Nov. 4-Dec. 2
To register, go to https://firstteenaplescollier.org/register/
Impact Zone Golf: Bobby Clampett and his instructional staff are available for private, group, and corporate lessons, as well as New Student Assessments at both IZG Academies, which are located in Naples at the Indoor Performance Center at 1040 Collier Center Way and in Fort Myers, at the new Academy at the Club at Renaissance at the intersection of Daniels Parkway and Interstate 75.
Junior After School Program for ages 7-18 began Sept. 1 on Wednesday and/or Friday afternoons from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For kids ages 3-6, the FUNdamentals class runs on Saturdays from 1;30 to 2:15 p.m. all year. Both programs at the Club at Renaissance in Fort Myers. Private or semi-private instruction is conducted at both Naples and Fort Myers academy locations.
Impact Zone Golf is the first in Southwest Florida to use the new national U.S. Player Development Model for Junior Golf, through a partnership with U.S. Kids Player Pathways. This model is used within all of Impact Zone Golf’s junior programming.
To sign up or for more information on any program, contact Olivia at omesner@impactzonegolf. com or call/text 239-236-5536.
Durland Golf School: Mark Durland, who is located at Naples Grande, is available for lessons from Monday through Saturday.
Golf schools are based on a 3-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio with all instruction conducted by Durland. He also is available for lessons via Zoom.
The Ladies Learning Club started Nov. 10 with Samantha Morrell, with sessions at 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tuition is $50 per student per session. Contact Morrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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