Mike Macleod sat in a brand new Mercedes Benz last Friday night around the time Bob Slipp drove himself home in his Subaru Outback.
“Let’s hear it for Bob, who won nothing!” Rick Arnish bellowed into the microphone while announcing prizes at the Gur Singh Memorial Golf Tournament.
The golf balls aligned at the Dunes at Kamloops Golf Course in Westsyde, when two golfers drained a-hole-in-one on the 181-yard fourth hole.
Macleod, a 46-year-old who recently moved to Sun Peaks to take the helm of sales and marketing at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre, stepped up to the ball with a three hybrid, aimed a little to the left and fired away.
“I was just thinking it would be great to hit the green,” he told KTW.
Hit the green he did. Macleod’s ball landed 12 to 15 feet to the left of the pin and began to roll. It rolled and rolled and rolled until, eventually, it disappeared.
“I got pretty quiet,” Macleod said. “I was like, I definitely think it was in. Sure enough, it was in the hole.”
His first-ever hole-in-one — an accomplishment that tops any golfer’s bucket list — was made even sweeter because the hole happened to be sponsored by Zimmer Autosport.
The first golfer to ace the hole won a Mercede-Benz CLA 250 worth $46,000.
“I’ve been close a few times,” Macleod said. “Nothing with that on the line.”
Then came the next guy.
About 30 minutes later, Slipp, a 68-year-old retired Rivershore Golf Links member, stepped up to that same tee box with a four hybrid and sunk a second hole-in-one to the bewilderment of everyone at the course.
The group ahead watched it all happen, jumping up and down from the next hole. There was only one problem — there was only one car to give away.
“Bad timing,” Slipp told KTW. “We started on the wrong hole. Had we got there first, then the ball probably wouldn’t have gone in. It’s so much luck.”
Luck, schmuk. The ace was Slipp’s fifth in 45 years on the links. He’s buried holes in one on three out of four par-threes at his home course of Rivershore.
“I’m waiting to get the fourth,” he said. “That’s my challenge now.”
Unlike Macleod, however, Slipp has never won a cent for a hole in one.
But he harbours no sour grapes, noting he was told the car had already been spoken for as he teed up his ball.
The bizarre situation made for entertaining dinner-time fodder inside the clubhouse, where Macleod and Slipp shook hands, congratulated each other and shared a beer — on Macleod, of course.
“He didn’t seem as upset as I thought,” Mcleod said.
The Dunes also pitched in a once-per-week membership, which Slipp appreciated.
“It’s better than nothing because I wasn’t going to get the Mercedes anyway,” he said.