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Newsfront - July 10, 2009

Move over, Tiger

Danville 10-year-old shoots hole-in-one

by Chuck Herrmann

Evan Huggins approached the seventh hole at Diablo Creek Golf Course in Concord on June 30 with a goal that was difficult but not impossible.

"I just wanted to hit a good shot so I could maybe birdie the hole," said Evan, which means he was hoping to shoot 1 under par.

What Evan did instead is close to miraculous. With one careful shot he launched his ball into the air on this par 3 hole, only to see the ball roll onto the green, and then disappear. He had done it: made a hole-in-one.

Evan is not a professional golfer; no, he is a 10-year-old in the fifth grade at Greenbrook Elementary School in Danville.

He slugged the hole-in-one using his 5 wood and all the skills he has accumulated since he began golfing at the young age of 3. He started honing his impressive skills because his grandparents got him hooked.

This hole-in-one was "the coolest thing I've done in sports," said Evan, who was golfing with his 12-year-old brother Ryan on that astonishing day.

Golf Digest reported on the odds of such a shot in a 1999 issue: "One insurance company puts a PGA Tour pro's chances at 1 in 3,756 and an amateur's at 1 in 12,750."

Evan is a skilled athlete in more than just golf. When not impersonating his idol Tiger Woods, he is a goal-scoring forward in soccer or a dominating ace pitcher in baseball.

He plans to continue improving his golf game, with the goal of maybe one day becoming a professional golfer.

With a hole-in-one at age 10, he has a good start.


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