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Hole-in-one lightning strikes twice for Simi Valley man

April 21, 2009 | 10:34 am

It was easy to see the hole in one on Easter Sunday as Chris Walter’s yellow ball sailed up, paused before coming down, then disappeared into the cup on the 155-yard, par-3 17th at Simi Hills Golf Course.

This past  Sunday, Walter's view of his tee shot on 17 was obscured by the glare of the sun, but the result was the same -- his second hole in one on the same hole in the span of eight days.

“It’s like I won the lottery twice,” said Walter, a 49-year-old Simi Valley resident and self-described terrible golfer. “I always joke that I’m not very good at it, so I do it for the exercise.”

Walter, an admissions counselor at a vocational college, has a 20 handicap, which means that his typical score is about 20 strokes above par. He has been playing Simi Hills since the mid-1990s, and for the last several years he and a group of friends have had a regular game early Sunday morning.

So early, in fact, that when they finished around 10 a.m. each time, it was too early for Walter to buy the requisite round of drinks. They plan to play again this Sunday, and Walter said there will be a lot of pressure.

“I just got lucky,” Walter said, hypothesizing that he might have used up all his luck. “I’m never going to win the lottery now.”

-- Raja Abdulrahim

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