Car­ber records ace in first round of dis­tricts

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Tom Ker­rane

An­drew Car­ber’s mother, Mag­gie, had made up her mind that she was go­ing to walk with her son and see ev­ery shot he hit dur­ing Tues­day’s fiUVW URunG RI WKH DLVWULFW 2nH GROI Cham­pi­onships.

She was there on the 18th tee at 10 a.m. when her son teed off to be­gin his quest at Tur­tle Creek dolf Course.

Car­ber, from Up­per Dublin High, took 73 shots dur­ing the open­ing round, 1-over-par, to put him­self in a tie for sixth place head­ing into :HGnHVGDy’V finDO URunG.

His mother saw 72 of those 73 shots. The one she missed is the one she wished she had seen the most.

AV CDUEHU’V IRuUVRPH ZDV finLVKing up on the eighth green and head­ing to the par-3 ninth tee, Mag­gie Car­ber de­cided this would be an op­por­tune time to go to the club­house to use the rest room be­fore head­ing out onto the back nine. As she ex­ited the ladies room a few min­utes later, she heard some roars com­ing from her son’s di­rec­tion.

The com­mo­tion was cre­ated when her son used a 7-iron at the 191yDUG nLnWK WR UHFRUG KLV fiUVW FDUHHU hole-in-one. She would only hear the re­ac­tion.

CDUEHU EULHfly FHOHEUDWHG KLV DFH, then would head to the back nine, where he re­sponded by par­ring the 10th hole. He stands three shots back of dis­trict leader Paul Yun of Rad­nor, who carded a 70 Tues­day.

“7KDW ZDV Py fiUVW RnH DnG LW ZDV D spe­cial one,” Car­ber said of his holein-one. “I hit a seven in there and it dropped. That was sweet.

“There have been some 73s I’ve had in my life, but not any hole-in­ones, so I’ll prob­a­bly re­mem­ber the one shot more than what I shot.”

Mag­gie Car­ber, on the other hand, will re­mem­ber the one shot she did not see.

“It’s been a run­ning joke with us,” she said. “I tell him that I think I jinx him. He plays so well when I’m not there. But I wanted to come here.

“We de­cided this would be a good time to go use the bath­room and catch them when they get to the back nine. I come out of the ladies room and peo­ple are wav­ing to me. I’m a mom, so I’m think­ing he’s passed out or some­thing, he got hit with a golf ball. I’m think­ing the worst.

“Then they tell me he had a holein-one.”

Just three shots out of the lead, this is what Car­ber had his sights set on for Wed­nes­day.

For Car­ber, though, the plan might be a lit­tle un­ortho­dox.

“I am spend­ing the en­tire day (Wed­nes­day) in the ladies room,” said Mag­gie Car­ber.

Well, it sure worked dur­ing the fiUVW URunG.

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