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Jessica Prince Hits "Hole-in-One" at State Golf Tournament
Jessica Prince made State Golf Tournament history on Tuesday, November 2nd when she hit a â€œHole-in-Oneâ€ on the 15th hole during her second round of golf! Jessica is a Freshman on the Piedmont ladies golf team and qualified for the State tournament by finishing in the top 34 at the Central Regional Tournament played at Skybrook Golf Club in Huntersville. The State Golf Tournament was held at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines, where Jessica played two 18-hole rounds and finished with scores of 93 and 97. According to the NCHSAA tournament director, this is the first hole-in-one ever recorded in a State Championship golf tournament.
Jessica began playing golf in August of this year after giving up soccer. When asked what motivated her to give up soccer and begin practicing golf, Jessica stated, â€œI wanted to get involved in a fall sport and golf was my first pick.â€ This obviously was a wise decision! Jessica achieved many successes during the regular golf season, including being the medalist (lowest score of the match) in her very first golf match. Coach David Smith said that â€œJessica is not content with average; she wants to excel in everything she attempts.â€ Proof can be seen in her receiving medalist honors in two additional matches during the regular season.
Jessica noted that she was very nervous at the State tournament, especially when they called her name to take her stand at the tee box. The hole-in-one shot on #15 was 142 yards, in which Jessica used her 8-iron. Coach Smith described the shot like this: â€œThe ball landed about 12 feet to the right of the hole on a slope, bounced left about two feet, and rolled on a straight 10-foot path into the hole!â€ Word of this accomplishment quickly spread throughout the golf course and everywhere Jessica went for the remainder of the tournament, she was asked â€œAre you the girl from Piedmont who had the hole-in-one?â€ One gentlemen at the course told Jessica that it had taken him 40 years to get a hole-in-one and she had made one in only three months! When asked how she felt when the ball rolled into the hole, Jessica said â€œI was so excited to score my hole-in-one, but I couldnâ€™t get ahead of myself. I still needed to do just as good on the next hole.â€
After reflecting on the State golf tournament, Jessica stated that â€œIt was an overall great experience to get to see how other people, not just me, but people outside of Union County go and succeed. I definitely have some things I can work on but I hope to become better and improve.â€ She plans to continue playing golf for the rest of high school and would love to receive a college scholarshipâ€¦and all appearances are that she has a really good chance of doing just that!
Written by: Donna Helms
Posted: Nov 04, 2010 by Donna Helms