Golfer named Blade makes 2 aces in 4 holes in Surprise, celebrates by diving into lake

Making a hole-in-one is pretty cool.

Getting two of them in the same turn is insane.

It’s crazy to have them in a span of four holes.

That’s exactly what happened to Blade Kurilich. Yep, Blade, that’s his real name. His club of choice for his pair of aces was a 9-iron.

“That club will be hit when I get a new set,” he joked after his round.

Kurilich played Sterling Grove Golf & Country Club in Surprise last week with his regular team. His first hole-in-one came on the third hole, where he did his best Michael Block PGA Championship impression.

“I just hit a 9-iron and actually pounded it right in the hole on the fly,” he said. “I didn’t know it at the time but heard the pin rattling from the tee box. When I got up there, I saw where the ball actually took a bit out of the cup before I saw the ball in the hole.”

Four holes later, Kurilich was on the seventh tee and again held his 9-iron. The hole measured 172 yards, but it was downwind.

“I couldn’t see it over the ridge either. So for both hole-in-ones I had to check the cup to be sure,” he said.

That National Hole-in-One Registry reports that the odds of the average golfer making an ace are 12,000-to-1. Kurilich says he’s +2.4, so the odds for a golfer like him are 5,000-to-1. But this two-ace thing is the real longshot, since the odds of a player making two holes-in-one in the same round are 67 million to 1.

A former baseball player who only took up golf about five years ago, Kurilich had never had a hole-in-one before getting these two.

“After my second hole-in-one, I had promised my friend who was driving up to the green that if it was in, I would dive in the lake,” he said. “Well, I had to back up that promise and dive right in. My game completely tanked after the second one.”

Kurilich worked in finance in Denver, but recently moved to Scottsdale with his fiancé to pursue his dream of professional golf.

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This article originally appeared on the Arizona Republic: Scottsdale golfer records 2 holes-in-one in span of 4 holes in Surprise

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