Mr. & Mrs. Ace

Mark Person and Patty Novosel-Person celebrate an ace at the Club at Pradera
Photograph courtesy of Mark and Patty Novosel-Person

Mark Person and Patty Novosel-Person originally planned to play together at The Club at Pradera on September 15. Mark, however, got lured into a four-ball with some fellow members, so the couple teed off in consecutive groups.

On the par-3 eighth, Mark, a 5.5 index who claims to have “a swing only a mother could love,” stroked his 8-iron to the right and beyond the front pin placement, about 155 yards out. “It funneled back and dropped in the hole,” he recounts of his fourth-ever ace. The match went on, with Mark and partner Greg Bruce closing it out on the 17th.

As Patty drove up to hole, she excitedly informed him that she’d had a hole in one—the second of her life—on No. 8. The description of her shot echoed Mark’s, save for the club selection (6-iron), distance (120 yards).

“He was in an intense match, and I didn’t want to distract him,” the 18-handicap explains when asked why she didn’t tell him sooner.

“What are the odds—husband and wife, same hole, same day, in consecutive groups?” she asks rhetorically.

The clubhouse was naturally abuzz. “We did run into some bourbon,” Mark says of the double-ace celebration.

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