Bill Sine has probably played more golf in his lifetime than Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods combined.
"We try to play a different golf course every day - Hidden Hills, Fostoria, Detwiler, some courses up in Michigan," Sine said. "I'm a pretty fair golfer. I play all the time. Last week I played every day. We played 27 holes (Tuesday) at Sycamore. I go to Vegas a couple times a year and play out there. I go to Florida in the winter time and play golf there.
"I used to like to fish a lot, but now I golf. I try to play every other day or every day, depending on how my schedule is. It's comfortable out there, relaxing. No hustle and bustle."
On June 26, Sine, 65, of Toledo, accomplished what many of the golfing greats have never done — at least on the PGA Tour. A golf-dedicated website claims Woods has never done it on the major professional tour, and long hitter John Daly has done it just once.
Sine shot a double-eagle on the par-5, 460-yard No. 5 hole at Hidden Hills. For many that know No. 5, out of three par fives on the front, it is not the one typically known for even an eagle. It has a difficult approach into a narrow opening protected by trees on both sides and a raised green.
Mickey Pierce, whose family owns Hidden Hills, says he cannot remember another double eagle at Hidden Hills. Pierce, who was surprised to hear about it, said the golf course is supplying Sine with a plaque and a call to local media.
“Somebody told me it’s more rare than a hole-in-one,” Pierce said. “I used to think a (hole-in-one) is better, but the only reason it’s better is it’s got one completion.
For those who think that a two-under par hole-in-one is better than a three-under-par double eagle, or albatross, Pierce laughed, saying, “Why don’t they get one of each and we’ll really decide which is the hardest. The guy was pretty phenomenal that he got that, too. He’s pretty proud. I think he should be proud. That doesn’t happen very often. That’s probably one-in-10 million, or more.”
The 6-foot Sine, who worked on the railroad for 25 years before retiring in 1988, was playing with three partners when he recorded his rare double-eagle. He used a driver off the tee and then followed with a 9-wood.
Sine said he has never had a double-eagle before, nor has he had a hole-in-one.
"I almost got a double-eagle at Detwiler on the first hole, which was also a par-5," Sine said. "But that was years ago, when I was a lot younger. I've never had a hole-in-one, but I played with a guy who just passed away a year ago. He had five of them. I've been within inches, but it's never fell in the hole. I've hit the flag and it just never went in."
Sine, who has been playing golf since he was 17, called holing his second shot at the No. 5 hole at Hidden Hills "the shot of a lifetime."
"It's a No. 1 handicap (hole) and it's supposed to be the hardest hole on the golf course," he said. "I just nailed the driver and hit the second shot. I hit the driver 300-some yards. I've been hitting them pretty good. It was sort of dry. I told the guys I was golfing with, that's probably the best driver I've ever hit. I was probably 100 yards ahead of the guys I was playing with.
"I hit the second shot from about 150 yards and it went in the hole. The other guys were more excited about it than I was. We watched it go right in. It hit in the front of the green, went to the pin and went right in."
Sine didn't just shoot well on the No. 5 hole that day. He said he "shot a 68 or a 69" for 18 holes.