Teen shoots his first hole-in-one at Sycamore youth tournament

SYCAMORE - David Schmitt wasn’t sure what had happened at first. It wasn't until he approached the green on hole No. 10 at the Sycamore Golf Club that he realized he had just sunk his first hole-in-one.

“I thought it was short of the pin,” David, a 15-year-old Sycamore High School sophomore, said. “But it rolled up and in. ...I kind of freaked out. It was awesome.”

Schmitt recorded his feat at the annual Alvin Wildenradt Junior Golf Championship last week at the public golf course. According to golf pro Kirk Lundbeck, 40 area kids between the ages of 6 and 18 participated in the two-day tournament. Trophies are awarded to the top three finishers in each age division.

Matt Yonkovich of Sugar Grove won the 16-to-18-year-old boys division and was the overall champion with a score of 140. It was the first time the recent Kaneland High School graduate, who finished fifth in the Illinois High School Association’s state golf tournament last year, competed in the tournament, and he noted that he just made the age limit. He entered with his friend Jesse Denton, who finished second with 150.

Maggie Russell, 16, of DeKalb won the girls’ 16-to-18-year-old division, her second title in two years. Russell, who plays golf on the DeKalb High School boys golf team because the girls don’t have a team, shot a 172.

“I really like the weather better this year because it wasn’t so hot,” the DHS junior said of the unseasonable 70-degree weather.

Jack Paeglow, 12, and his brother Brett, 11, of DeKalb shot 173 and 174, respectively, in the boys 10-to-12-year-old division.

Although Schmitt didn’t win an award, his hole-in-one was the talk of the tournament.

“It’s very rare,” Lundbeck said.

Schmitt said his feat motivated him to have his best round, finishing the day with a 99, 10 strokes better than the day before.

Schmitt plays soccer rather than golf in high school. He said he played golf when he was younger, but it’s only been the last two years he has taken up the sport seriously.

As he concluded the tournament, Schmitt said he had to convince his mother, Karen, of what he had just done.

“I don’t know if she’ll believe me,” he said.

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