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Caleb Zoltani isn't going to go around bragging about the hole-in-one he shot

July 29 at Hidden Hills Golf Course.

"He's shy, and golf kind of fits his personality," said Caleb's father, Doug.

Caleb, 12, who lives in Millbury, used a junior driver to shoot a hole-in-one on the 135-yard No. 14 hole. He is the youngest golfer to ever shoot a hole-in-one at Hidden Hills and he is the third golfer to do so this season, joining Kay Soltesz and Thomas Schmeltz.

Hidden Hills presented Zoltani with an eight-inch trophy.

"I was happy I got a hole-in-one," Zoltani said.

The 5-4, 100-pound sixth-grader, who is home-schooled, was participating in the golf course's Junior Program, which is held from 9-11 a.m. every Wednesday for nine weeks. The program has 56 kids this summer.

"That Junior Program has helped Caleb get some distance on his ball," said Doug Zoltani, a Junior Program volunteer. "When he got the hole-in-one, I don't think he thought it was as big a deal as it was. I didn't believe him at first. One of the guys who golfed with him said Caleb got a hole-in-one and I said, 'Yeah, right.' But, you could see the excitement starting to grow and you could see it was a big deal for him.

"On that (No. 14) hole, the green sits between a sand trap and water. His drive hit the sand trap and the ball bounced out of it, and he didn't see it go in the hole until he and his partners went looking for it. He kept the ball."

Zoltani, who had three playing partners the day he shot his hole-in-one, is in his fourth year playing golf. This is his third summer in the Hidden Hills Junior Program.

Caleb's dad said he got his son started in the sport because "I was looking for a golf partner I could beat."

"I got him started about four years ago and he just picked up a club and could hit the ball," Doug said. "He could hit the ball straight."

Doug joked that he might have to start looking for a new golf partner now that Caleb is hitting holes-in-one.

"I don't know if I want him out there with me anymore," Doug said. "The Junior Program has really helped Caleb with his game. It's really neat to volunteer out there. My 7-year-old daughter, Kimberly, is in her second year in the program and you can see these kids can't hit the ball the first week and by the second week they're hitting it straight down the fairway."

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