Oct. 5, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - Two words say it all: double eagle.
En route to the first top-20 finish of his career, Arizona sophomore men's golfer Chris Capo posted the rarest feat in all of golf - so rare, in fact, that it's the first one on record in program history.
Capo, a sophomore from Woodland Hills, Calif., collected his double eagle on the 539-yard, par-5 16th hole at Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills, Ala. He hit a 3-wood from 246 yards, the ball hopped, hit the pin and dropped in the hole for a deuce.
"I didn't see it (go in) at all," Capo said. "I hit it perfectly and when I walked up to the green and saw where it landed - it was slightly downhill - I actually thought it was in the back water. But I walked up to the hole and there it was. It's pretty awesome."
To the uninitiated, a double eagle is a score of three-under par on a single hole, a score of one on a par-4 or a two on a par-5. To put this into perspective, the chance of an average golfer sinking a hole-in-one is 1 in 13,000 according to Golf World magazine, while a double eagle is 1 in 1,000,000.
"He hit a pretty special shot to knock it in from 246," said Arizona head coach Rick LaRose. "We've had a lot of guys make holes-in-one, but never get a double eagle. That's the first one we've ever had."
Capo finished the 54-hole Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate with a 218 (+8) total and a tie for 18th place.
The Arizona men's golf team will next be in action on Oct. 16-18 at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.