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Knight nails first ace

Published September 27, 2006

TAMPA - Robinson sophomore Anthony Saint, a self-admitted bogey golfer, approached the No. 6 hole Monday at Rocky Point hoping to make par. He made history instead.

Using an 8-iron, Saint aced the 130-yard, par-3 hole to completely overshadow a 15-stroke loss to Tampa Catholic and become - presumably - the first Knights player to hit a hole-in-one in a match.

"I asked somebody who's been here a while, one of our assistant principals. He's been here 20 years, and it hasn't happened in that time period," Robinson sixth-year boys coach Tom Fillion said.

The ace - Saint's first in seven years as a golfer - came on an uncompromising hole on a course he dislikes. Players must hit over water to reach the green, which is surrounded in back by a bunker. On Monday, the pin was positioned in the back right of the green.

"When I hit it, it was off to the right and I didn't think it was going to make it to the green," said Saint, a right-hander who finished the nine-hole event with 45. "It started to draw and landed on the green, and took a couple of bounces and rolled in."

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