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Frank Bensel Jr., a club pro from New York, made history Friday when he made consecutive holes-in-one at the U.S. Senior Open, the first ever recorded in the United States Golf Association’s history. 

Bensel, 56, described the moment as an “out-of-body experience,” and the numbers support that feeling. 

According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds for one player making two aces in the same round are 67 million to 1. 

“I’ve played a lot of golf in my life, and just to see a hole-in-one in a tournament is pretty rare,” Bensel said after the second round of the tournament in Newport, Rhode Island. “The first one was great; that got me under par for the day. And then the second one, I just couldn’t believe it. To even think that that could happen was amazing.”

Bensel’s amazing feat began on the fourth hole, a 184-yard par 3. He did the unthinkable next when he aced his next shot, a 203-yard par 3. 

Frank Bensel signs the hole cutter

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“After these two holes-in-one, I just didn’t even know,” Bensel, who splits his time between New York and Florida, said. “Oh, yeah. Everybody is going to want a lesson now, for sure — on a 6-iron.”

Despite his back-to-back aces, the day did not turn out well for Bensel. Immediately after, he made four bogeys in a row and added three more on the back nine. He finished the day at 4-over 74 and missed the cut. 

“I didn’t do anything great except for kind of those shots today,” he said. “I was hoping that I could have added a lot more good scoring after that to have made the cut, but that didn’t happen.”

Frank Bensel Jr plays a shot

Despite an overall lackluster day, Bensel’s performance still landed him in the USGA history books. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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