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 â€” record a hole in one.
â€œI started jumping up and down. Everybody that was with me did tooâ€”nobody had ever seen one, so we thought it was pretty sweet,â€ Hopkins said of his rare feat at Maidenâ€™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. â€˜I didnâ€™t know he could get up that high,â€™ 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.
â€œThat was awesome to have them with me. I have some witnesses that people will believe,â€ he said half joking.
Ken was really proud of his sonâ€™s accomplishment.
â€œIt was the first hole in one Iâ€™ve ever seen. It was quite a thrill to see Trentâ€™s reaction when he does it and seeing him that happy was a big joy,â€ he said.
The quarterback, displaying maturity exceeding his age, somehow understood his fatherâ€™s perspective.
â€œHe had never seen one and I know he was proud his son did something that a bunch of people have never done before,â€ Hopkins said.
The way Trentâ€™s round was going and his perseverance added to the shotâ€™s significance.
â€œIt 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,â€ Ken said.
So how does golf stack up to Hopkinsâ€™ first love football?
â€œItâ€™s nothing near quarterbacking, but itâ€™s a once in a lifetime kind of thing. Hopefully, there will be a couple of more,â€ Trent said with confidence.
Perhaps even more important than the shot was the father/son bonding that took place that day.
â€œBetween the time spent playing football, baseball and basketball that takes up the bulk of his time. I think Trent realized at that time that thatâ€™s what itâ€™s all about is getting out there and spending time with each other, itâ€™s not about shooting in the mid-80s thatâ€™s important.â€
by John Mark Brooks