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Woodcreek golfer pockets a pair of aces

Tim Kincheloe scores the rare feat four holes apart, one on a par 4
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Tim Kincheloe made a hole in one last Wednesday at Woodcreek Golf Club. He made another ace three holes later.

Even more bizarre, Kincheloe didn’t fully realize his first ace was actually an ace until talking to two golfers in the group in front of him.

Kincheloe, a member at the club, used a driver to ace the 306-yard par-4 11th hole. He used a 5-iron to make a hole in one on the 197-yard par-3 14th hole.

Nick Gillespie, a starter at Woodcreek, said golfers have eagled No. 11 and aced No. 14, but an ace on each hasn’t happened and “never by the same person and especially on the same day.”

Kincheloe, raised in Roseville and now a resident of Lincoln, arrived at the green on No. 11 to find his ball in the cup but thought perhaps someone was playing a joke on him and put the ball there.

With traffic backed up on No. 15, John Bosco and Michael Judy heard Kincheloe’s second ace fly directly into the hole on No. 14.

“I dunked it,” Kincheloe said. “It was a perfect draw, just a high draw that turned over right at it. I didn’t see it land on the green, so I thought I might have flown it. I’ve never heard of such a thing. People have had two holes in one on two par 3s. I couldn’t find a thing about a par 4 and a par 3 in the same round.”

Bosco is a teacher and golf coach at Whitney High School. Judy is a former player at Whitney and now an employee at Woodcreek.

“We were standing on 15 when he knocked it in on 14,” Bosco said. “He came over to us, and we were like, ‘Oh, cool shot.’ He goes, ‘It’s crazy because my ball was in the hole on 11. Did you guys put it there?’ We go, ‘No.’ The guys I was playing with, they found it. We never touched it. There was nobody around. We were all just going, ‘Holy cow, that was incredible.’ Me and Mike said we’d vouch for that because we never touched it.”

Neither Bosco nor Judy has made a hole in one. But they heard Kincheloe’s ball fly into the cup.

“The pin rattle was pretty amazing,” Judy said of the first hole in one he has seen. “He’s a great guy and a great golfer.”

Kincheloe now has four aces. He made the first one at Cherry Island and the second at Diamond Oaks. Nos. 3 and 4 almost didn’t count. Kincheloe needed to complete an 18-hole round to make them official, but he didn’t finish his first nine holes until about 8 p.m.

Kincheloe said he grabbed a cart and completed his second nine in an hour.

“I just wanted to make sure it was legitimate,” he said. “It’s so rare to do something like that. I was very pleased, obviously. By the time I got done, everybody was gone.”