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Was There Anything John Wooden Couldn't Do?

Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden is revered by former players and opponents alike, not only as a great coach but as a great man. His death earlier this year has brought many a well-deserved tribute to the former coach, known as The Wizard of Westwood.

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He is not only in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach, but as a player as well. His famed Pyramid of Success has been used countless times by successful businesspeople all over the world. However, just when it seems we know the whole Wooden story, a new wrinkle comes along to amaze us once again.

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Jill Painter of the Los Angeles Daily News reported this morning that, among the artifacts found in Wooden’s condominium was a very special golf scorecard:

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One of the most meaningful came in a little box with a 1-cent stamp attached. It was the scorecard of Wooden’s historical round with a double eagle, also known as an albatross, and hole-in-one on June 26, 1939.

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Painter also reported that there have only been four people ever to record a double eagle and hole-in-one in the same round.

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Perhaps the best part about the whole story is that the golf course to witness this rare feat by Wooden was at Erskine Park Golf Course, just another in the long line of successes by (in this case, future) Los Angeles sports icons in South Bend, Indiana.