A young golfer from St. Louis Park will have an entire story to tell for decades to come.
Preston Miller is a better than average player for his age. At just 13 years old, the average student already made the golf team at St. Louis Park High School.
“A great player,” Minneapolis Golf Club pro Dan Simpson said as he described the teen.
But achieving this history-making moment requires more than mere skill. While off a golf game Thursday at the Minneapolis Golf Club, Preston sank a hole-in-one on the fourth hole.
“It was crazy, just a hole in one,” Preston said. And above all, he was in front of his colleagues and friends. “I was jumping up and down, screaming,” he added.
Unfortunately, the St. Louis Park teenager put the Title 4 ball, marked “SLP”, back into play to lose the ball by three holes on the court.
“I wasn’t expecting to lose the ball,” he said.
However, if the teenage golfer hadn’t lost the ball, what happened next may never have happened.
Simpson explained that after Preston lost a ball with a hole in one, another player discovered it as he passed and stuck the missing ball in his bag.
When this player, Ricardo Fernandez, also lost a ball on the rings, he reached into his bag, pulled out the ball marked SLP and took it.
“We ended up punching a hole in one at 16 and the rest is history,” Simpson said.
No one knew the significance of this second holeshot until both Fernandes and Miller celebrated their return at the club.
“Everyone on my table exploded because this was a hole-in-one ball, so I also hit it with a hole-in-one,” Preston said, adding that it was unlikely to find a Titleist 4s ball in the same location with the same logo on it.
Days later, players on the course now know Preston by name and the story that will now follow him on the links forever.
“It’s unbelievable that someone can make two holes in one with one reel and two people,” said Chip Parks, a longtime player at the club.
His golf partner, Tom Morgan, was also surprised: “I think it’s unimaginable.”
But no one, more than the young golfer himself, believed it was done or could come back again.
“None of us believed it,” Miller said.
Simpson likened this feat to a “miracle”.
“There are people who have two holes in one round, but to know two different people made them with one ball? Probably never in the history of golf,” Simpson said.
The Minneapolis Golf Club says they’ll be showing a shaped like ball to honor the story, as well as so Miller can stick to the now-famous golf ball.
“He’s got a lucky golf ball, that’s for sure,” Simpson said.