ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) — Talk about karma. A Boston man who makes an annual trek to Albuquerque to play in a charity golf tournament hit a $1 million hole-in-one.
Using a rented 8-iron, Jeff Barton sunk the shot from 150 yards out during Corley's Albuquerque Lincoln Volvo Million Dollar Shootout. It was part of a tournament to raise money for East Mountain High School, where the children of Barton's friend, Peter Nyland, go to school.
His ball hit the front of the green and then rolled in the hole.
"I was so happy the ball landed on the green," said Barton. "Then I watched it and I said, 'that actually has a chance.'"
Barton said the fact that he was even in the contest was pure luck.
"My name was drawn out of a hat. They brought us out and I was the last one to go," said Barton.
Assistant pro David Muttitt said he was just thinking, "OK you're the last one, come on, hit it and we get to go home."
Instead Muttitt got stuck filling out paperwork for the company that insures the prize.
"They're saying the odds are 12,500 to one. Somehow I think with me they had to be a little higher than that," Barton mused.