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Twin Cities golfers hit back-to-back holes-in-one on same hole

A hole in one is both rare and thrilling for golfers.

Even rarer, and just as thrilling, is when golfers have back-to-back holes-in-one.

It happened April 23 on the par 3, 140-yard seventh hole at Eagle Valley Golf Course, the city-owned course in Woodbury.

Brad Rencher was the last golfer in his foursome when he hit an 8-iron at the hole. His ball bounced once and plinked into the cup.

Then Alan Dakay, the first golfer in the next group and not to be outdone, pulled out his 7-iron and had a hole-in-one of his own.

Eagle Valley opened in 1998, and director of golf Dan Moris said he believes it is the first time golfers have had back-to-back 1s on the course.

"That's pretty rare," Moris said.

Neither Rencher, 51, a St. Paul-based consultant, nor Dakay, 63, president of a health care information services company in Plymouth, had a hole-in-one before.

Rencher said he didn't see the ball go in. "It disappeared. I actually thought it rolled off the green. The guy next to me said, "No, it went in." I walked up and there it was, sitting in the hole."

Dakay also didn't see his go in the hole, "I was playing with my wife and daughter. The foursome behind us had a better view. One guy from that foursome shouted that I had a hole-in-one."

When asked how it felt to put a "1" on the scorecard, Rencher said, "It's an item off your bucket list. It was awesome. I think it's really cool that everybody else feels the same way. I talked to a few people who play a lot more golf than I do and have had a hole in one, or a couple of them. It's a big deal no matter how many you've had; that's what people are telling me. For me, it was a real thrill."

Dakay said his mind went kind of blank. "Then the second thing you do is, you want to act like you've been there before. I tried to be really cool and calm, like I had many before. My daughter said I was insufferable the whole weekend, and my wife probably felt that way, too. But she doesn't give me that much grief anymore."

Both Recher and Dakay have been playing golf for more than 30 years.