Jan. 8 a hole-y day for golfing couple

Husband, wife hit each holes-in-one on that date — on the same hole — 13 years apart
By: Todd Mordhorst, Journal Sports Editor
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Carl Ladeck knew he’d done something special on the morning of Jan. 8 at Black Oak Golf Course. It wasn’t until he got home, however, that he realized the incredible irony of what he had just accomplished. Ladeck’s wife Florence had had bragging rights in their house since 1996, when she had a hole-in-one at Black Oak. Carl joined the prestigious ace club earlier this year. That’s where things get strange. Carl’s 6-iron into the 121-yard fourth hole at Black Oak found the bottom of the cup — the same cup Florence had found with her perfect 5-wood. The two shots happened 13 years apart — on the same date. “I didn’t realize it until I got home and I happened to look at her scorecard on the wall — we had it framed,” Carl said. “There it was, the same date. That doesn’t happen very often.” Ladeck, who has been playing golf since 1960, is understating it just a bit. According to the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one on a par-3 are roughly 12,500 to 1. The probability of a husband and wife making holes-in-one on the same date are astronomically low. Ladeck was the manager at Auburn Lake Trails in Cool for many years before retiring 17 years ago. Now you can find him at Black Oak each Thursday playing with his wife and some other friends. Ladeck’s hole-in-one was rewarded by the folks at Black Oak with a commemorative towel. He plans on framing his scorecard so he and Florence will have matching plaques, in more ways than one. “It was thrilling, “ Ladeck said.