Reese Roudebush had trouble believing she actually made a hole-in-one.
“I was confused if it was me or not, because I wasn’t looking,” she said. “My dad said, ‘That is the best shot you’ve ever hit,’ and I looked at him. Then it rolled in and everyone yelled, ‘Hole-in-one’ and I got really excited.”
The Carmel resident shot her hole-in-one July 7 with a 9-iron on the 80-yard sixth hole at Wood Wind Golf Club in Westfield.
Roudebush, who turned 10 July 1 and will be a fifth-grader at Smoky Row Elementary School in August, has been golfing for two years. She was competing for the Prairie View Golf Club team in the PGA Junior League when she scored her ace.
Prairie View PGA Head Golf Pro Jake Peacock and Senior Assistant Pro Ben Gavin coach the team.
“I’ve been a PGA Junior coach since 2014 and have never seen or heard of anyone making a hole-in-one during the league match,” Peacock said. “There was another kid (Myles Ray) from Sagamore Golf Club that made one on the same night in a different match at Noblesville. We have 60-some kids in our program (Prairie View and Wood Wind) and play six matches, at least, a year, and these were the first ones I’ve seen or heard of.”
Roudebush naturally kept the ball as a souvenir.
“My dad didn’t let me use the ball after the hole-in-one,” she said. “The funny thing is the ball number was 77 and it was on July 7 and July is the seventh month.”
Roudebush has been golfing for approximately two years.
“I also do ballet, but I feel like I’m going to do golf when I grow up,” said Roudebush, who will compete in the Carmel Dads’ Club program for the first time this fall.
“She’s embraced the game and enjoys it,” said her father, Doug Roudebush. “We totally didn’t expect the hole-in-one. It was a cool experience.”
Her dad said Peacock and Gavin deserve a lot of credit for developing her game.