Mount de Sales sophomore golfer Cassie George hit her first-ever hole-in-one on Sunday, and she was the last of her foursome to know it.
Her playing partner that day for the recreational round at Bay Hills Golf Club in Arnold, senior Sydney Jupitz, saw the ball roll in and reacted with a scream. The other two in the group, two Bay Hills employees, heard the ball fall in the cup and "freaked out," as George described it.
But George looked away after seeing the ball land.
“It was a nice shot, it felt really good, but I was just happy it went over [the water hazard],” George said. “Honestly, I didn’t even see it go in.”
George hit the shot on the 18th hole, a par-3 (103 yards from the ladies' tee) over a large water hazard and a green-side bunker.
Though both of her parents golf and encouraged her to play, George only took up the sport little more than a year ago when she tried out for the Mount de Sales team. Her mother, Katie, reacted with shock when she heard the news, and her father responded similarly, with a hint of good-natured jealousy.
“Her dad was like, ‘No way really? Before we got one?’” Katie said. “We’ve been golfing for probably 20 years, and we’ve come close but have never gotten a hole in one.”
Though she aced the final hole of the round, George couldn’t buy the customary drinks at the clubhouse afterward. She is, after all, only 15 years old. Plus, she was in a hurry: she was late for a youth group meeting at her church.