It's 17 million to 1 odds that two golfers score a hole-in-one-back to back-at the same hole, according to Sports Illustrated. There are no odds established for such a feat involving a father and son.
Yet on Aug. 27, Marty Bezbatchenko, co-owner and vice president of importer/wholesaler Tyres International Inc. in Akron, and his son David beat the odds while golfing at the Congress Lake Club in Hartville.
Golfing in a foursome, David, 21-who has played the links for only 2½ years and carries an estimated 35 handicap-used an 8-iron to hit a ball 110 yards, uphill, landing it just below the course's fifth hole. He and his party couldn't see the landing from their location, according to his father, but there was a group next to the tee.
``They yelled back to us, `So close.' And then two seconds later it rolled in,'' recalled the elder Mr. Bezbatchenko, 49, whose friends call him ``Marty Bez.''
In all the excitement after the requisite high fives and cheers for his son's first hole-in-one, the elder Mr. ``Bez'' thought he'd be lucky to just hit the ball straight. His stroke with a 9-iron hit above the pin then rolled back into the cup-a second hole-in-one for the veteran golfer who has played for about 30 years.
Marty said that as they celebrated again, he apologized to his son for ``raining on your parade.'' But his son replied, ``Naw, this makes it better.''
David told Sports Illustrated that last spring he set three goals for himself: get a birdie this summer, break 100 next summer and, ``sometime in my lifetime,'' get a hole-in-one.
His first ace was especially poignant since David has been struggling for the past year for a victory over a brain tumor. His father said golf helps him get away from the daily battle and helps keep his mind off of it.