Two players, one day, two holes-in-one, one ball: The Ace Chronicles

by Joanne Miller

Title: A Minnesota Miracle: Two Aces, One Ball, One Day


The game of golf is known for its unique and awe-inspiring moments. Among these, there is no shot more celebrated and cherished than the elusive hole-in-one. Occasionally, the golf gods bestow their blessings upon players, resulting in extraordinary stories that forever etch themselves into the annals of the game. Today, we bring you the tale of a Minnesota miracle that unfolded at the picturesque Minneapolis Golf Club in June 2022.

The Day of Double Aces

It all began on a sunny day at the Minneapolis Golf Club, where 13-year-old Preston Miller, a member of the St. Louis Park High golf team, stepped up to the 121-yard 4th hole. With a confident swing and a well-executed 7-iron shot, young Preston achieved the pinnacle of golfing glory – a hole-in-one. Applause and admiration filled the air as he skillfully placed his name among the elite few who have achieved this remarkable feat.

However, fate had an intriguing twist in store for the young ace-maker. Three holes later, while basking in the glory of his achievement at the clubhouse, Preston inadvertently lost the ball he had used to craft his magical shot. Panic set in as he quickly realized the significance of the lost ball, which represented a symbol of his achievement and served as a cherished keepsake.

A Miraculous Encounter

As fate would have it, while Preston was immersed in his own celebrations, another player entered the clubhouse with an extraordinary tale of his own. Ricardo Fernandez proudly announced that he, too, had achieved a hole-in-one on that very same day but on a different hole – the 181-yard 16th. Unbelievably, there were two aces recorded at the same course, on the same day, and within a few hours of each other.

However, the story would become even more remarkable. After a wayward shot of his own, Fernandez had found himself in the woods beside the 12th hole. A diligent search yielded a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball bearing the monogram “SLP” and the number 4, which happened to be Preston’s number. Unbeknownst to Fernandez, he had stumbled upon the lost ball of the young prodigy.

Astonishingly, when Fernandez teed up the ball he had found on the 7th hole, he proceeded to miraculously hole it on the 16th, recording his own hole-in-one. The realization of what had just occurred left everyone astonished – two players, one ball, two aces, one day!

The Jubilant Conclusion

When Fernandez revealed the incredible circumstances surrounding his second ace, the entire golfing community was left in awe. The St. Louis Park players cheered, and Fernandez couldn’t fathom how such a momentous ball had been misplaced in the first place.

Dan Simpson, the head pro at the Minneapolis Golf Club, was taken aback by the extraordinary turn of events. He remarked to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “I don’t know if it’s ever happened in the history of golf.”

The question of who should keep the ball arose, and in a display of sportsmanship and camaraderie, Fernandez gracefully returned the ball to its rightful owner, Preston Miller.


The Minnesota miracle at Minneapolis Golf Club is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, showcasing the magic and unpredictability of the game. These extraordinary tales of double aces and shared fortunes serve as a reminder of the incredible experiences that golf bestows upon its players. As the Ace Chronicles continue, we eagerly await further wild ace stories that will undoubtedly continue to captivate and inspire.

If you have your own captivating hole-in-one story to contribute to the Ace Chronicles, don’t hesitate to share it with us. The game of golf is filled with countless instances of triumph and amazement, reminding us why it continues to capture our hearts and imaginations.

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