Good Sports: Lightning strikes twice for South Valley golfer

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – The odds of making a hole in one are almost 13,000 to 1.

But for a Southern Valley golfer from Exeter High, those odds seem to have gone out the window.

17-year-old Jet Kirk achieved what many would consider impossible.

Some people may spend their entire lives without hitting a single hole, but Kirk did it twice in just a few weeks.

“It was perfect,” Kirk said. “I knew that if he did not come in, it would be a beautiful shot.”

This beautiful shot came in.

The first blow to Kirk’s fortune came in the 8th hole at Exeter Golf Course during the match.

“He turned the next thing I know came in,” Kirk said. “I just went to holy moly. I could not believe it.”

And Kirk did not end there.

The magic of his fight continued at the River Island Country Club in Porterville. Less than a month later – in another high school race – it happened again.

“I’m going to put it in its place a little bit more and just hit it,” Kirk said. Again it was like, ‘Wow, this is a great shot.’ and it landed, it kept rolling and it just went in. “

If you ask his coach, Corey Reader, it could not have happened to a better kid and teammate.

“First you have to understand Jet,” Rinder said. “Jet is just the kindest soul out there.”

Reader says the action has become contagious to the rest of the team.

“We can definitely see a culture of positivity,” Reeder said. “So I’m not excited about what is happening, but about how it will shape the future of Exeter Golf’s program. It’s huge enough.”

For Kirk, his approach remains the same, but he now finds himself recovering better than before.

“If you have a bad day, that does not mean it will be terrible for the rest of the day,” Kirk said. “Make sure the bad shot is gone, go up and just hit like nothing happened.”

Kirk is luckier than most, but he also finds calm in the ups and downs of the game he loves.

“Something magical could happen and I think that’s the beauty of golf,” Kirk said. “You never know if it will be a good day or a bad day.”

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