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Golfer sinks 'super rare' double eagle in Caldwell

Amateur golfer Peggy Lynn Hicks surprised all of her friends when she hit a double eagle on the fourth hole of the Purple Sage Golf Course in Caldwell. (KBOI Staff Photo)

Amateur golfer Peggy Lynn Hicks surprised all of her friends when she hit a double eagle on the fourth hole of the Purple Sage Golf Course in Caldwell.

Many golfers on the course said that hitting a double eagle or albatross is a lot harder than hitting a hole in one.

Hicks was playing in a Caldwell High School Class of 1977 scramble tournament when she pulled off the extremely rare feat. She sank the ball in two strokes on a Par 5 hole.

The shot was so far away that she didn't even see it go in. Her teammates had already made their way to the hole and could not believe their eyes.

"Well one of them was just so excited," Hicks said. "She said 'I'm tingling. I've never seen anything that extraordinary and I've watched a lot of golf.'"

The second shot was from 192 yards out and uphill. It puts her in a position that not many pros are in.

The best part is that this is the second time she's done it!

She made her first double eagle while competing in an amateur tournament 20 years ago.

Hicks grew up at the Purple Sage Golf Course and has been golfing there since she was a little girl.

"Mom and dad owned the lot at the end of number four when my dad was alive," she said "The only hole in one I've ever had is on 5 right there next to their lot. My parents are here somewhere."

Her father was one of only three golf professionals since the course opened in 1963. The entire family worked there at one point.

The course's current golf pro, John Watson, says the odds of getting a hole in one are much better at 13,000 to one. The odds of getting a double eagle are a million to one.

He says Purple Sage hasn't seen very many.

"Over 30 years I think it's been done once," Watson said. "I can't tell you how long ago it's been and I can't tell you who did it, it's been so long. So it truly is a super rare thing."

Hicks wants to encourage boys and girls of all ages to come out and learn how to golf.

She says she probably won't hit another shot like this in her lifetime. That being said, she's done it before, so we will just have to wait and see.


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