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Sports Last Updated: Oct 10, 2012 - 9:36:05 AM


Teen sinks second hole-in-one just six weeks after first
By Jennifer Johnston
Oct 10, 2012 - 9:34:42 AM

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A 2000 study conducted by Golf Digest concluded that the odds of a tour player making a hole-in-one, also known as an “ace,” were 3,000 to 1. For a low-handicap recreational player, those odds drop to 5,000 to 1. And for the average player, the chances of ever seeing the ball go directly from tee to pin are 12,000 to 1 (incidentally, the same odds of an oyster holding a pearl; unless, of course, that oyster is a low-handicapper or on the tour).
There is decidedly little data, however, to support the probability of an eighth-grade golfer making two aces within six weeks of one another. Whatever the odds, Daniel Island’s own Kathleen Sumner defied them this summer.
The young golfer plays on her school team at Christ Our King, but is also in her second year of playing for Bishop England High School. She’s been golfing for just three years, embracing the sport after taking lessons at the Daniel Island Club. “I loved it immediately,” Kathleen asserts.
On July 31, Kathleen played in a Mount Pleasant Junior Golf Association tournament at Wild Dunes Resort, competing in the 14-18 year-old age group. On the course’s 135-yard par-3 hole 12, she pulled a 9-iron from her bag and hit off the tee. “I didn’t know it would go in the hole; I just saw it disappear” she recalls. But it wasn’t long before she did know, as spectators starting “flipping out.” Kathleen was stunned, but kept her cool enough to finish the tournament in first place.
Just 40 days later, on September 9, Kathleen was playing the Beresford Course at Daniel Island Golf Club, a course the teen athlete contends is “kind of a tough one.” This time, she chose to tee off with a 7-iron from the 147-yard par-3 hole 17. And this time, she had an inkling of the ace. “When I hit it, I was like, ‘go in the hole!’” she confesses. That’s right where it went, landing two feet in front of the flag and rolling right in.
Parents Steve and Denise are of course thrilled for their double-acer, as not many golfers – at any level – have achieved this. But they are most proud of her hard work on the course, and that she has discovered a remarkable talent. Their daughter plays soccer, tennis, and basketball as well, but she tells us that she loves golf best.
Clearly, Kathleen needs to contact the statisticians at Golf Digest, because she pretty much just crushed their study.
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