David Jacobs wasn’t real thrilled with the round of golf he played Aug. 6 at Hidden Hills Golf Club in Woodville.
"I played average that day,” the 15-year-old Woodmore sophomore recalled of his 12-over 84. “I know I can do better on that course. I’ve shot 80 there before.”
One particular hole did, however, stand out during Jacobs’ 18-hole round that day.
When he approached the 14th tee, a 155-yard par-3, Jacobs had an uneasy feeling when he grabbed his 7-iron.
"I was thinking I always did bad on that hole,” he said. “One of my friends said, ‘Don't think that. Just think you’re going to hit on the green.’ I said, ‘I'll hit it on the green … I'll hit it in the hole.’ I was just being sarcastic.
“Then I hit it and I remember it bounced in front of the green. I thought it rolled over the green. The pin was basically in the back. I thought it went over the green so I was looking around back there and I didn't see it. I said, ‘Well, I guess it could be in the hole - and it was.”
Jacobs and his playing partners, Woodmore senior Joel Moenter, and junior Ian Aldridge, were trying out for the Wildcats’ varsity golf team last week at Hidden Hills. What they got was a pretty big thrill.
“They were very shocked, too, I guess,” Jacobs said. “Probably not as shocked as I was. I was basically speechless. My jaw just dropped. I looked up at my teammates and said, 'Oh, my God. It's in the hole.’ It didn't hit me until the next couple holes that I hit a hole-in-one.
"I was kind of excited to finish (the round) to get it over with, just to tell everyone about it."
Hidden Hills owners Mickey and Elizabeth Pierce presented Jacobs with a small trophy, which he took home.
“My dad (Randy) was like, ‘What's that?’ ” said Jacobs, who took up golf three years ago. “I showed them the trophy and it said ‘Hole-In-One’ on it. He said, ‘Oh, my god, I can't believe it!’ ”
Jacobs’ mom, Linda, said she and her husband “were more excited that he was.”
“We both golf and we haven't had a hole-in-one yet,” she said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have a hole-in-one. We were just really excited for him."
It turns out that Jacobs, who is also a left fielder on Woodmore’s junior varsity baseball team, will again be on the Wildcats’ jayvee golf team this fall. But at least he’ll have one interesting story to tell out on the links.