Golf: Shot to remember – Gardner aces hole in tournament

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, September 24, 2016

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A year and half ago, Tori Gardner started hitting the links.

Two weekends ago, the 10-year-old accomplished a feat many players spend a lifetime trying to accomplish.

DEALING AN ACE – Tori Gardner hit a hole-in-one at a tournament in Palm Springs Sept. 10. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Victory Christian Academy fifth-grader aced the fifth hole at the U.S. Kids Palm Springs Open at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Sept. 10.

Gardner hit the hole-in-one on the 111-yard hole with a 9 iron.

“I hit it soft. Thankfully I didn’t hit it hard,” Tori explained.

As she saw the ball drop in the hole, she said aloud, “What just happened?”

An avid outdoors adventurer who enjoys hunting and fishing, Gardner took up golf after getting injured on a dirt bike. She immediately fell in love with the sport.

“I just like the excitement of hitting the ball and the competition,” she said.

But she’s not one to want to spend time at the range. She’d rather hit the course to play.

In the past year-plus, she’s played in several tournaments.

She won the U.S. Kids Dallas local tour this past summer in the 10-11 division, as well as the North Texas Junior Golf Tour.

At the Palm Springs tournament, she shot rounds of 83 and 84.

“The greens were really good,” she said.

She admits her putting wasn’t as good as she’d hoped. She joked that she should have made more aces to avoid putting.

Gardner is planning to play in the North Texas Junior Golf Tour fall tournaments at Decatur Country Club and Bridgeport Country Club.

She is hoping to spend a lot more time on the links.

“I want to do it in high school and college and then play it for fun,” Gardner said.

She will always be able to brag about her ace.

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