Oak Harbor teen golfer hits hole-in-one

Reagan Syring achieved this move at the Washington Junior Golf Association district tournament.

Amateur golfer Reagan Syring will unlikely fore-get — pun intended — the moment she hit her first hole-in-one. On Tuesday, July 18, the 14-year old Oak Harbor high schooler achieved this difficult move at the Washington Junior Golf Association district tournament in Avalon, Washington.

Putt in simple terms, a hole-in-one — or “ace” — happens when the ball falls into the cup in one hit. A par indicates the number of strokes expected to get the ball in the hole. According to Syring’s father, Aaron Syring, her hole-in-one occurred on a par 3 hole, meaning she was expected to score in three hits.

Though par 3 holes are normally the shortest-distance holes, scoring an ace is no easy task: according to US Hole In One, the odds of an amateur golfer scoring an ace on a par 3 hole are roughly 12,500 to 1. Her father, who plays for fun, has never scored one in his life.

At first during the game, which took place in Avalon, Raegan found herself struggling under the pressure.

“It was rough for me,” she said. “I took a minute to self evaluate and pull myself together.”

Then, she hit the ball.

“It was really shocking to me,” Raegan said. “I wasn’t expecting it.”

According to Tyler Johnson, the executive director of the Washington Junior Golf Association, it was a particularly tough course, which made her accomplishment more impressive.

A sports-enthusiast who also plays volleyball and basketball, Reagan encourages more girls who are looking to challenge themselves to play golf — which is overwhelmingly popular among men.

Though she did not qualify for the state championships, Reagan is glad she participated in the district tournament, and is happy about her achievements. During her freshman year of high school, she was named rookie of the year by her Wildcats team.

“She’s worked really hard to achieve these things,” Aaron said. “She puts her everything into it, so it’s exciting to see it pay off for her.”