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Roseville kid is an ace at 10

Junior golfer Cameron Lee stands tall with a hole in one at Woodcreek Golf Club
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The kid who was too short to see his first hole in one drop into the cup heard all about it from those long in the tooth.

“In the clubhouse, there was a guy that said, ‘I’ve been golfing since 1962, and I haven’t got one,’” Cameron Lee said Wednesday at Woodcreek Golf Club, revisiting the eighth hole where he scored his first ace two weeks ago.

Cameron is 10 years old. He’s articulate, provides details and giggles discussing the various reactions when he broke the news to his friends at Blue Oaks Elementary School.

“Some of them thought it was really awesome. One didn’t even believe me,” he said, giggling. “Other ones thought it was really cool.”

Even older sister Amanda, 13, thought it was really cool.

“She was at a sleepover, so we texted her and told her. She was like, ‘Wow,’” Cameron said. “When she got home, she just talked about it.”

Cameron spends considerable time golfing, according to his mom, Angela, and is in the Advanced Junior Training Program under Woodcreek instructor Bill Childs.

No. 8 that day played 89 yards from the red tees, where Cameron swung his 7-iron into a Titleist 1 ball. Cameron said the ball flew toward the middle of the green and then started to curve. The pin was placed on the right side of the green, behind a slope that prevented Cameron from watching the finish of his hole in one.

“It was in the air, it started to curve, and it just kept breaking and kept breaking, and it just hit the pin,” Cameron said, walking toward the hole.

Chaperones who were standing around the green saw the ball disappear into the cup and began screaming and hollering, according to Mike Lee, Cameron’s dad.

“He’s too short. He couldn’t see it (go in),” said Mike Lee, who has never made a hole in one. “To be only 10 and already have one is tremendous.”

Cameron said he was “kinda flipping out” when he learned he made a hole in one. Asked what was the closest he came before the ace, Cameron held his arms about three feet apart.

Mike Lee heard about his son’s ace when he arrived at the course. Cameron called to say he was ready to be picked up but held in the news.

“I asked him how his round went,” Mike said. “He wouldn’t divulge anything.”

Mike arrived to see Cameron talking to Childs and others. Mike initially wondered if Cameron “got in trouble or if something happened.” Cameron ran to the car and spilled the news.

“Others were as excited as he was,” Mike said. “The chaperones were elated as well.”

Cameron was aware of hole-in-one protocol, that it was on him to buy a round of beverages. He said the family was “in a very, very big rush” that day but would do it at an upcoming program event.

And who’s buying?

Said Cameron, “Hopefully, not me.”

Bill Poindexter can be reached at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BillP_RsvPT.