19th Hole

A 64 million to 1 chance

JoAnn Kelly

When JoAnn Kelly of  Collingwood, Ont. took to the links for a casual round of golf this week at the Renaissance Golf Club in Fort Myers, Fla. she had no idea how lucky she was about to be.

The odds of recording one hole in one are said to be 12,500 to 1. Make two in one round and those odds move to 64 million to 1.

Kelly plays out of the Georgian Bay Club in Ontario and calls herself an ‘average golfer’ who enjoys spending time on the course with her entire family.

On March 25th her play was well above average, as she aced not one but two holes at the Renaissance Golf Club. She recorded her first hole-in-one with a driver on Hole No. 4 and her second came with a 7 iron on the 12th.

“I’m an average golfer, with a lot of luck,” Kelly said. “I feel like this is good for woman’s golf. What other sport can you match the pros?” she wrote to Golf Canada in an email.

British Columbia Golf launches partnership with Inside Golf

An agreement announced earlier this week between Inside Golf and British Columbia Golf formalizes a long-standing relationship and extends it into the digital realm of websites, electronic newsletter and mobile applications.

“We needed to update our communications technology to meet new demands for mobile and other devices as well as update our content management system for our popular website,” said British Columbia Golf Executive Director Kris Jonasson.

Inside Golf was able to meet these needs with the development of a responsive site that automatically identify the size of a site visitor’s screen or monitor (e.g. desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile) and then responds by reformatting to optimize the viewing experience.

This new website design is now live and can be viewed online at www.britishcolumbiagolf.org.

The four year publishing partnership will also see Inside Golf be responsible for the sale of advertising to appear on both the site and in the e-newsletters sent out to approximately 40,000 opt-in subscribers.

“Our company has been developing the idea of strategic partnerships with golf industry associations for the past five years,” said Inside Golf Inc. President Jeff Sutherland. “Based on success with the Western Canada Turfgrass Association, we took the idea to British Columbia Golf last fall. Our revenue-sharing approach meshed with the direction the association wanted to go and both parties have been working on the launch ever since.”

While Inside Golf will handle the publishing and technical aspects, British Columbia Golf will provide most content and maintain all editorial control.

“The intent here is to continue the information oriented nature of the existing site as well as add in relevant news and travel stories,” confirms Jonasson.

Inside Golf’s own website will soon be adapted to match the design chosen by British Columbia Golf.