YORK TWP. — From the first day he started playing golf, Jackson Chambers fell in love with the 11th hole at Shale Creek Golf Club.
It’s the spot where he had his first par when he was six and his family lives in the York Township housing development that surrounds the course, so he’s used to visiting the hole every once in a while.
After this past weekend, the par-3 hole solidified itself as his favorite as the nine-year-old recorded his first career hole-in-one while playing with his father, Jack, and younger brother Sean.
“It was just a relaxing evening of golf,” Jack said. “I played the front nine and then came in and told the boys ‘Come on, let’s play the back’ and then this happens.”
Jackson used his driver on the short hole, which was playing about 90 yards from the green tees, when his tee shot sailed 75 yards over the small water hazard and landed near the front of the hole, which features a deep green that slants downward.
All the boys could see at that point was a missing ball.
“I watched it go right of the hole and then disappear,” said Jack, whose family has lived near the course for the last six years. “As we walked to the green, he said ‘Oh man, that’s my ball’ but I told him and his brother to walk up to the hole and see and after that the guys going crazy.”
The ball he saw wasn’t his, leaving Jackson and Sean to go and take a closer inspection of the cup.
“I was thinking it went past it,” Jackson admitted. “(After I saw it went in), I was jumping up and down.”
The golfing bug has definitely been with the incoming fourth grader at BuckeyeElementary school for a while.
He’s a member of Rustic Hills’ Youth League on Monday mornings and got introduced to the various par-3 courses when the family took a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jackson also is scheduled to play in the Northern Ohio PGA’S Drive, Chip and Putt competition today at Mallard Creek.
There is nothing better to the youngster, than stepping up on the tee box and playing.
“I like all of it,” Jackson said. “I like driving more, because it goes far.”
When most kids his age are riding their bikes around the neighborhood or lounging in the swimming pool counting down the days until school is back in session, Jackson is chalking-up milestones on the links.
“It was great to see him do it,” Jack said. “I first took him golfing when he was three with his little plastic clubs. Now he can’t wait to wake on Mondays to go to Rustic Hills.”
And while golf etiquette requires the lucky golfer to buy beverages for the group after the round, Jack said his son got lucky.
“Luckily the clubhouse was closed when we got finished, because he didn’t want any part of paying,” his dad said, with a laugh.
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