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Rare combination of perfection

For one wild 24-hour period, Michael Zukowski of Grand Island earned the right to be the envy of all athletes, when he followed up a perfect game in bowling Friday night by ending his Saturday morning golf round with an ace.

The odds of recording a hole-in-one and bowling a perfect game are quite similar (12,500 to 1 for ace; 11,500 to 1 for a 300 game).

The odds of achieving both within 24 hours, priceless.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic," Zukowski said. "I was ecstatic when I threw my 300 game [Friday] because it had been a couple years since my last one.

"When I did [the hole in one], as soon as I hit it, I yelled, 'it's in the cup.' It bounced once. Probably the only shot I hit pure all day. I'm so excited, I can't believe it."

The 53-year-old recorded his sixth 300th game in his 31 years bowling during the Friday Majors league at Classic in Tonawanda. The 300 was part of a 770 series. On Saturday at Hickory Stick in Lewiston, the 21-year golfer recorded his third hole-in-one by acing the 124-yard No. 18 hole.

He pulled off the feat using a pitching wedge while playing in a foursome which included his brother-in-law Dale Marrs, the Hutch-Tech hockey coach.

Even though he's beaten the odds before, pulling off both feats in under a day is something so difficult that three years ago Pete Fitzgerel of Blue Springs, Mo., was believed to be just the second person to ever do it.

"What are the chances, slim to none?" Zukowski said.

--Miguel Rodriguez