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Hopkins records first hole in one

Routine golf outing turns into
lasting memory for father and son
One swing with a five iron was all it took for 15-year old Trent Hopkins to do the improbable — record a hole in one.
“I started jumping up and down. Everybody that was with me did too—nobody had ever seen one, so we thought it was pretty sweet,” Hopkins said of his rare feat at Maiden’s Glenn Oaks Country Club the second week of July.
The ace was made on 175-yard hole No. 14 with a five iron from the blue tees with his father Ken Hopkins and head football coach Lonnie Custer witnessing.
The celebration? A chest bump with his dad. ‘I didn’t know he could get up that high,’ Trent said.
Hopkins, who has an older sister Jenny, has been playing golf for only three years. Being a three-sport athlete at North Lincoln, excelling on the gridiron and on the baseball field, he has to squeeze in a round when he can find the time.
The shot was more special to Hopkins because he is very close to his playing partners.
“That was awesome to have them with me. I have some witnesses that people will believe,” he said half joking.
Ken was really proud of his son’s accomplishment.
“It was the first hole in one I’ve ever seen. It was quite a thrill to see Trent’s reaction when he does it and seeing him that happy was a big joy,” he said.
The quarterback, displaying maturity exceeding his age, somehow understood his father’s perspective.
“He had never seen one and I know he was proud his son did something that a bunch of people have never done before,” Hopkins said.
The way Trent’s round was going and his perseverance added to the shot’s significance.
“It was one shot in a million. Trent was struggling the whole day, and he was getting frustrated but he was still sticking with it. It was quite a surprise after the way he had been hitting the ball all day,” Ken said.
So how does golf stack up to Hopkins’ first love football?
“It’s nothing near quarterbacking, but it’s a once in a lifetime kind of thing. Hopefully, there will be a couple of more,” Trent said with confidence.
Perhaps even more important than the shot was the father/son bonding that took place that day.
“Between the time spent playing football, baseball and basketball that takes up the bulk of his time. I think Trent realized at that time that that’s what it’s all about is getting out there and spending time with each other, it’s not about shooting in the mid-80s that’s important.”

by John Mark Brooks

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