Brothers record hole-in-one on same day
Hitting holes-in-one seems to run in the Keeley family.
Tom and Linda Keeley of Fairfield have recorded a combined eight in their lifetimes. Tom has aced six holes, and Linda has done it twice.
So maybe it shouldn’t have come as a big surprise when their sons, Mark Swan of Fairfield and Kevin Keeley of Oklahoma City, Okla., both aced holes just a few hours apart Saturday at The Walton Club.
Keeley made his — the second in his life — on the par-3 ninth hole. Kevin aced the 183-yard shot using a 3-iron and Titleist Pro V1 ball.
Swan’s came later on the par-3 fourth hole. The ace was the Fairfield native’s second on the 190-yard hole and fifth overall in his lifetime.
“He’s the better golfer,” Swan conceded. “But I have more holes-in-one.”
Swan made his fifth hole-in-one using his 4-iron, and like his stepbrother, a Titleist Pro V1 ball.
To make matters more unusual, the brothers both aced their holes while playing rounds of golf with their daughters. Keeley and his daughter Allison played in the morning, and Swan and his daughter Madelyn, a freshman golfer at Fairfield High School, played in the afternoon.
All seven of the brothers’ holes-in-one have occurred at Walton. Keeley hit his first when he was in high school, and Swan made his first on the 18th hole during the summer after high school, in 1989. He subsequently aced shots on hole Nos. 2 and 9 before making his last two on the fourth hole.
Swan, who still plays two to three times per week, said the feeling of hitting a hole-in-one hasn’t changed much from his first time more than 20 years ago.
“It still feels pretty good to get one. I save all the balls and have a collection at home,” he said.
At his current rate, there’s no telling how many he might end up with.