Swampscott Sophomore Sinks a Hole In One

Anthony Springthorpe did something many golfers go their whole life without doing.


Two weeks ago 15-year-old Anthony Springthorpe swung his 6-iron from the tee on the 8th hole at Salem Municipal Golf Course.

You can't see the pin from there. It's uphill from the tee, and he thought he hit it long.

He searched for but could not find his ball on the Par 3, 144-yard hole.

He should have been looking in the cup.

That's where it went, said his coach.

People have told him they play their entire life and never hit a hole in one.

His father and grandfather are both golfers and neither of them have sunk one.

People tell him it's unbelievable. They believe he did it, they just think it's unbelievable.

"I can't believe it either," he said, shortly after sinking a long putt on the 17th hole at Tedesco Country Club on Wednesday.

His teammates and his coach are astounded by the feat.

How typical is a hole in one. Not very.

"Pretty unusual," said SHS senior golfer Victoria Malatesta.

"Pretty unusual," said SHS senior golfer Trevor Massey.

In all her years coaching, 12, SHS golf Coach Linda Portnoy has never had a player sink a hole in one at a practice or a match.

"It's huge," she said. "You have to be good and lucky."

Anthony was both.

Sandra September 06, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Ed Mulvey September 06, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I coached Anthony in baseball and he was always a solid hitter. When he was 12, I saw him hit off the green and was floored at how far he hit his T shot. It doesn't surprise me that he got a hole in one! Congrats Anthony!


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