Golf Ball Fitting leads to Hole in One, New Car

Mort Congleton walked away from a recent Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting event with the confidence he was playing the best golf ball for his game, a Titleist Pro V1.

Turns out he was also playing the best golf ball for his driveway.

Congleton, 62, was guided through Titleist's Golf Ball Education and Selection process before one of his rounds at a team event hosted by ClubCorp a couple weeks ago at The Homestead's Cascade course in Hot Springs, Va.

(To learn more about Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting and try the online Titleist Golf Ball Selection Tool, click here.)

Congleton's recommended ball ended up being the Titleist Pro V1, which he said "was already my preference," considering its performance from 150 yards and in, the best part of his game.

On this day, however, Congleton would be most excited about its performance from 190.

He stepped to the 190-yard par-3 18th hole later that afternoon, teeing up one of the complimentary Titleist Pro V1's he received for going through the Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting experience.

In the distance, up the hill and over water, a brand new 2010 Acura ZDX sat behind the green, taunting players with a seemingly impossible task – make one, get one.

Congleton and his playing partners had joked about winning the car – "OK, guys, let's win that car!" – as most golfers do in that situation.

But the second Congleton's 2-hybrid sent his Pro V1 #3 sailing, everyone started staring, not snickering.

Congleton described it "as a "beautiful shot, like a bullet through the air, directly toward the pin," but lost the Pro V1 #3 as it traveled out of his sight.

"I don't see very well," he said, "but I kind of felt like I might have hit it long."

It didn't take long for the screams from his playing partners to begin: "Go in! Go in!"

The son of one of Congleton's friend, putting out on the 17th green, looked up at the sound of all the commotion, just in time to see the Pro V1 land on the putting surface and bounce into the hole.

"It went in!"

Congleton looked around and said, "You guys have to be kidding me!" A swarm of hi-fives ensued. Ivan Cueva, an assistant professional at Cozumel Country Club in Mexico playing in Congleton's group, started taking pictures.

Having just made the fourth ace of his life, Congleton had been rewarded with four wheels.

"It was outstanding, awesome," said Congleton. "It was good enough to get a hole in one, but to get a car on top that… wow."

Congleton said he doesn't lose many golf balls. He'll joke that if you hand him a dozen Titleist Pro V1s, he's good for another year. About 10 dozen used balls, including some old Titleist Tour Balatas, actually sit on a shelf in his house.

As for that new Pro V1 #3?

"I've been walking around with it in my pocket," Congleton said.

Driving around with it, too.

– Photos courtesy Ivan Cueva

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10 Replies

  1. Jeff K

    Wow AWESOME!!! Congrats !! It's an amazing story.

  2. Robert Sellman

    What a great story! I have 3 aces in my 30 years playing golf, the first with a 100 Professional and the last two with Pro V1's. Still looking to win my first car though....

  3. Robert Sellman

    I am pleased to report the hole in one I got on 15/08/2010 while playing with Titleist NXT Tour golf ball  for the Independence Cup conducted for Freemasons at the Trivandrum Golf Course. My daughter Maria presented to me a dozen of Titleist NXT Tour golf balls when she visited us in June this year.nShe purchased the Titleist NXT Tour golf balls from Golf Smith outlet at Frisco in Dellas. I was playing hole No 8, 177 yards 3 par.

  4. Robert Sellman

    Thanks Anita

  5. Robert Sellman

    Wow- Mort? Way to go and  Congratulations That's awesome and my golfing fanatic husband is so jealous!

    Anita Porco

  6. Robert Sellman

    Great Picture!

  7. memphisunited

    Great story...congrats on the hole in one and the Acura.  

  8. Robert Sellman

    Awesome story....what a great way to spend an afternoon

  9. Robert Sellman

    I did have a Titleist bag to go with my Titleist ball, but sorry it was my US Open Pebble Beach hat!

  10. Ryan Crysler

    What a story!  Get him a Titleist hat!  (: