The odds of getting a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1 according to the United States Hole-in-One Association.
The odds of two avid golfers meeting, marrying and sharing two of the elusive aces each may be incalculable.
So, it might be easy to say that Kurt and Sharon Swanson have defied the odds.
The longtime Blue Springs residents, who each work for the Missouri National Education Foundation, live in Stone Canyon and spend as much time as their workload allows on the Stone Canyon Golf Club course.
In fact, Sharon’s second ace came last year on her home course.
Kurt’s second came on a course in Las Vegas this year, and allowed one of the newest members of the Blue Springs School District Board of Education to catch up with his wife’s impressive feat of collecting two aces.
“I think it’s awesome we have something in common like that,” Kurt said, “but it’s really a good swing with a lot of luck, and I’m pretty lucky to have her with me, too.”
That comment brought a smile to Sharon’s face.
“It’s a lot of fun,” she added. “We get really excited for each other, especially when we’re each playing well. It’s a fun hobby to have.”
Sharon collected her first ace June 3, 2002, at the Crystal Highlands Golf Course in Festus, Missouri. She was using a pitching wedge on the 89-yard, par-3 No. 8 hole.
Kurt was with her when she collected No. 2 on the par-3 No. 2 hole at Stone Canyon in 2017. She again used a pitching wedge on the 94-yard hole.
“It was really fun when you can share a hole-in-one,” Sharon said. “It’s exciting – especially when you see the ball all the way and see it go into the hole.”
Kurt’s initial ace came Aug. 17, 2005, when he used a pitching wedge on the 119-yard, par-3 13th hole at Chapel Ridge Golf Club in Lee’s Summit, a course that is no longer around.
He picked up his second ace recently when he used an 8-iron to sink his tee shot at the 148-yard 15th hole at Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas.
“On the first hole-in-one, it was like, ‘Holy smoke, that went in the hole!” he said, grinning. “The second one went into the hole, but was stuck to the hole and the flagstick, but it eventually went into the hole. It was a great feeling.”
The Swansons were married Oct. 22, 2010. They celebrated their marriage with a party at Adams Pointe Golf Club, and used golf balls as favors.
They recently filled out their three-car garage with a golf cart they use to drive the block or so to the Stone Canyon course.
“Golf is something we can enjoy and share forever,” said Kurt, who sports an 8 handicap. “It’s good exercise and you get to meet a lot of interesting people.”
Sharon, who has a 17 handicap, nods in agreement and adds, “Since we live on a golf course, if we have a few minutes we can slip over there and play a round. It’s relaxing, fun and I get to play with my best friend.”