AGC pro Ron Rebrovich notches double eagle
By: Eric Morken, Alexandria Echo Press
Alexandria’s Ron Rebrovich has beat the odds of carding a hole-in-one three times in his life but never imagined he would be one of the few golfers who could add a double eagle to his resume.
Rebrovich, the head golf professional at the Alexandria Golf Club, said there have been a number of double eagles reported on the par 5 sixth and 12th holes at AGC, but they can’t recall one ever being recorded on the 14th.
That’s the hole Rebrovich beat the odds on on April 19. The final par-5 on the back was playing 555 yards that day when Rebrovich left himself 275 yards to the hole after his drive. His ball was lying on the edge of the fairway when he decided to hit his driver off the deck into a slight breeze.
“Over the years I’ve, perfected isn’t the right word, but I’ve grown comfortable hitting that off the fairway,” he said of his club selection.
Rebrovich felt good about the shot as he watched it fly toward the green, but any thought of holing it had never entered his mind.
“Like a typical golfer, just thinking it’s going to be a good shot,” he said. “From there, it’s a ton of luck involved for it to go in the hole.”
Luck happened to be on his side that day. The pin was located on the back, right side of the green that day and nobody in the foursome saw the ball drop.
They walked up onto the green and couldn’t see anything when Rebrovich asked Christianson to go check the cup. Sure enough, that’s exactly where it was.
“Kind of disbelief more than anything,” Rebrovich said. “Never having one before and not seeing it go in, it was more like, ‘Did that just happen?’ It was kind of surreal. It’s kind of something that hits you more the next day, but it was cool.”
Recording a double eagle is one of the rarest occurrences in golf at all levels of the sport. Estimates are not definitive, but Dean Knuth, the inventor of the USGA’s course rating and slope rating system, put the odds at around 1-million-to-1 in a 2004 article in Golf World magazine. The facts reported in that article stated that around 40,000 aces are carded every year, compared to only a couple hundred double eagles.
Rebrovich can now say he’s done both. To be the first one to achieve the accomplishment on the AGC’s 14th? That’s icing on the cake.
“As far as we know there’s never been a confirmed double eagle on 14,” he said. “On 12 and 6, there’s been a bunch of them, but no one that I have found on 14, which makes it even more special.”