The odds of an average golfer making a hole in one are 12,500 to 1, according to the National Hole-In-One Registry. One man, Blake Patterson, can now say he has beaten the incredible odds.
The shot of a lifetime came for Patterson during the afternoon hours of this past Friday, May 21, at the 26th Annual Past Chairs’ Golf Tournament, an annual fundraising event for the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce, held at Forest Heights Country Club about 30 minutes from Swainsboro. Patterson used an 8-iron to hit the hole-in-one, his first-ever, from 132 yards out at Hole #6 on the course. The same shot happened to be on the Closest to the Pin hole.
“It was exciting for sure!” Patterson said about the feat. “The cheers and high-fives from my teammates and bystanders made the experience even better.”
He played in the chamber tournament on behalf of his employer, Re/Max Eagle Creek Realty. He and teammates Bubba Hunt, David Lumpkin, and Bob Olliff shot a 61 on the day.
He is the 26-year-old son of Billy and Sherri Patterson of Metter. He graduated from David Emanuel Academy in 2013 and obtained a BBA in finance from Georgia Southern University in 2018.