11-year-old sinks hole-in-one

Adam MacInnis
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Ben Callaghan was one of the competitors this week at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club junior boys championship

ABERCROMBIE – Ben Callaghan wasn’t having the best of luck at the club championship at Abercrombie  Golf and Country Club this week, but make no mistake, he’s an up-and-comer in the golf world.

The 11-year-old Stellarton boy sunk a hole-in-one earlier this month at the course. He used an 8 iron to sink hole no. 5 with his family watching to witness.

While he was surprised when it went in, Callahan said it did look good when it was in the air.

While this is the first official hole-in-one, last year, he also had a similar experience.

“Last year, I hit my first one into the water and I hit three of the tee. One went in for a par.”

Callaghan said he’s been golfing since he was around 5-years-old.

“I guess I’m pretty good for my age,” he said.

But he won’t go so far as to say he’s the best in his family.

“My dad’s pretty good and my brother sometimes beats me.”

Ben Clarke, who works at the course, said it’s incredibly rare for someone so young to get a hole-in-one. Callaghan is on the course every day though.

“He hits balls on the range for an hour and plays as many balls as he can,” Clarke said.

In August 2010, another 11-year-old, Frank Coleman, sunk a hole-in-one on the 125-yard, par 3 hole no. 5 with a 6-iron.

The boys are now tied for being the youngest on record.

Organizations: Abercrombie Golf and Country Club

Geographic location: Stellarton

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  • Morrison Murphy
    August 25, 2013 - 10:12

    Congrats Ben from Morrison. I know how excited you must have been! Congrats from Bonavista Newfoundland!