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Husband, wife join hole-in-one club on same day

June 13, 2012|By Georgia Garvey | RedEye

The odds of hitting a hole in one during golf? Don't bet on it. And when it comes to a husband and wife both hitting holes-in-one during the same round of golf, the chances approach "winning the lottery" levels.

But married couple Jason and Rene Collins, both of Park Ridge, beat those odds, both hitting holes in one during a round of golf June 3 at their country club course.

Jason Collins, 41, who works in Chicago for Wilson sporting goods, said he and his wife, who play about 80 rounds of golf a year, were playing a husband/wife tournament in Park Ridge. Collins hit his hole in one on the fifth hole, a distance of 183 yards. After he struck the ball, he said, "That's pretty good," then changed his mind when he notice the ball bounce twice and go directly into the cup.

"It was surreal," he said. "My wife was pretty excited just for that. She was running around."

But Rene Collins, 46, would soon have her own reason to celebrate. On the 17th hole, she approached the tee, and according to her husband, shouted to the group with which they were playing, "All right. Last chance to one-up my husband."

A small ridge prevented the foursome from watching her ball going into the hole, but they soon discovered it in the cup when they approached the green.

"It's so hard to believe," said Jason Collins. It's the first hole in one for both golfers. Since the big day, Collins and his wife, a former professional tennis player, talk about the unbelievable turn of events often.

"You couldn't let me have the record for even a day," he's joked with her. They've already returned to the golf course. in fact playing the next day. No one got a hole in one.

For now, the couple is debating how to commemorate their achievement, perhaps with a plaque displaying their score cards and balls from the round.

"It's pretty neat," Jason Collins said.

ggarvey@tribune.com | @gcgarvey

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