Ohio high school boys golfers sink back-to-back holes-in-one

by Joanne Miller

St. Charles junior Jonas Borland and Thomas Worthington senior Will Reis made headlines recently for their incredible feat on the golf course. During a practice round at Worthington Hills, the two golfers achieved the extraordinary by hitting back-to-back holes-in-one on the 188-yard, par-3 No. 12 hole.

For Borland, this was his third career hole-in-one. He used a 6-iron to make the shot and described it as one of the coolest ones he’s had so far. Borland’s previous two holes-in-one were achieved at the Golf Center at SportsOhio last year and Tartan Fields in 2020. Reflecting on the moment, Borland said, “I struck it really well and it one-hopped and started to roll towards the pin… Everyone in the group was so excited. We thought there’s no way anyone does it again and then Will steps up second and puts it in and we were in just absolute disbelief.”

Reis, on the other hand, had never made a hole-in-one before this incredible day. He used a 5-iron and couldn’t believe that he managed to achieve the feat right after Borland. Reis said, “I never would have thought I would make one right after… It was fun to celebrate with my friends there.”

The odds of such a feat occurring are quite staggering. According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the chances of two players from a foursome acing the same hole are 17 million to 1. It’s safe to say that Borland and Reis beat the odds on this unforgettable day.

Joining Borland and Reis on the course were Thomas sophomore Jack Marsh and Thomas junior Jack Flores. Marsh came close to making it three holes-in-one in a row but narrowly missed as his drive hit the cup and lipped out.

All four golfers will now compete in their respective sectionals this week. St. Charles, seeded fifth in the Central District, will play in the Darby Creek sectional on Tuesday, while Thomas, seeded sixth, will compete in the EagleSticks sectional on Wednesday. This incredible accomplishment has given Reis the confidence and momentum he needs as he prepares for sectionals.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams from each of the four Division I sectionals will advance to the district tournament on October 10 at Apple Valley.

This remarkable achievement by Borland and Reis serves as a reminder of the unpredictable and thrilling nature of golf. It showcases the talent, skill, and dedication of these young golfers and highlights the incredible moments that can happen on the course. As they continue their golf journeys, Borland and Reis will undoubtedly cherish this unforgettable day and the unique bond they share as the only two players to achieve back-to-back holes-in-one.

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