Christian Emmerich and Owen Egan can claim one of golf’s most unlikely feats. And if it weren’t for photographic evidence, most people probably wouldn’t believe their claim.
The duo, Emmerich a senior and Egan a sophomore, play on the Holy Cross men’s golf team, and they were playing a qualifying round on Sunday ahead of the team’s season-opening event at the Ryan T. Lee Memorial Collegiate in Kensington, Connecticut. They headed for the par-5 eighth tee at Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton, Massachusetts, not knowing what was about to happen. It was 494 yards from the tees they were playing, and they took an aggressive approach off the tee.
Emmerich’s tee shot settled about 160 yards from the hole, and Egan’s was a little closer at 125 yards after scaling the trees on the right hole dogleg.
Emmerich hit his approach shot first, an 8-iron. He went in the hole.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said golf week.
He and Egan, along with their third playing partner, started celebrating. Then Egan stepped up his shot.
“Honestly, I was still shaking to see him come in,” Egan said.
Then his 50 degree wedge jumped off the rough and rolled over the green and into the hole.
Two albatrosses. Same hole. Same group.
The odds are better of being struck by lightning than getting an albatross, according to the PGA of America.
Holy Cross coach Steve Napoli said he thinks alumni Willie Turnesa, a 1938 graduate who won the 1938 US Open, and Paul Harney, an eight-time PGA Tour winner, both despise shots from Emmerich and Egan.
“I have no doubts about it,” Napoli said.