Waynesville resident Veronica Von Zwehl joined an exclusive club on the golf course on July 12 that includes just 13 other known members, including Hall of Fame basketball coach John Wooden.
Von Zwehl recorded a hole-in-one and a double eagle in the same round at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville, a town of about 10,000 in the Blue Ridge Mountains 30 miles west of Asheville. Her hole-in-one came on the eighth hole, a 100-yard par 3, and her double eagle came on the 15th hole, a 400-yard par 5.
Von Zwehl, who was playing her regular Wednesday round with two other women, said she hit her drive on the 15th hole about 250 yards and then sank the second shot with a 4-wood.
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“I still attribute some of that to luck. I’m not that accurate,” Von Zwehl said. “We couldn’t believe it. They said, ‘Why don’t you go buy a lottery ticket?’ ”
Von Zwehl, 60, moved from New York to Waynesville to retire 16 years ago and joined Laurel Ridge Country Club, and she said she now plays golf three times a week. She scored her first hole-in-one three years ago in Florida, where she spends her winter months, but had never scored a double eagle before last week. Von Zwehl is now a 15 handicap on the golf course.
“For somebody that’s only been playing since 2001, that’s pretty good,” she said.
The website doubleeagleclub.org tracks instances of golfers scoring a double eagle and hole-in-one in the same round, a feat Wooden accomplished in 1939, nine years before he began his illustrious coaching career at UCLA. All 12 other instances on the site have occurred since 2007, and there are certainly other times it has been done without the website’s knowledge. Only one woman is currently on the list.