To the handful of professional golfers who have shot 59 in a tournament — Al Geiberger, Chip Beck and David Duval, to name a few — you’ve been one-upped, by a 9-year-old.
Competing in the Mount Pleasant Junior Golf Open this week at Patriots Point Links, Zach Adams shot an 18-hole score of 58.
Sure, the golf course he played totaled only 2,680 yards, but 58 is 58. And he did it in the heat of competition, shooting a pair of 29s over two days to win the 8-9 Boys division.
During the first round, Adams made an eagle and five birdies. He added two eagles and three birdies on the second day. The par-4 holes ranged from 150 to 170 yards, the par-5s were 200 to 215 yards and the par-3s were 60 to 75 yards.
From the adult tees, the total yardage at Patriots Point Links can range from 5,562 yards to 6,955, depending on which tees are used. A par-4 hole can be between 301 yards and 458. The longest par-5 on the course is 567 yards.
“It was pretty fun because I just kept on making putts and chipping it real good. The course was playing short and my putting was real good,” said Adams, who will be in the fourth grade at Charleston Collegiate School this fall.
Zach’s family is moving from Rock Hill to Seabrook Island in a couple of weeks, and his father Randy Adams has already enrolled him in Mount Pleasant’s junior golf program. Zach has won his age group in several South Carolina Junior Golf Association (SCJGA) tournaments as well as U.S. Kids Golf events.
“He drove it, wedged it and putted it fantastic,” Randy Adams said. “One of the other dads told me it was one of the best short games he had ever seen, which was pretty neat. “Zach has been playing pretty much since he could walk.”
Zach’s previous best tournament score was a 73 in the SCJGA Fall Challenge in Cheraw. In March he shot 75 to win the SCJGA Pee Wee Championship.
Golf runs in Zach’s family. His grandfather, Whitey Adams, was in the golf business for 18 years and built Cooper’s Creek Golf Course near Lexington. Randy played college golf at Winthrop.
Zach said his father and grandfather started him in golf when he was 3. He also has received instruction from Eve VanderWeele, the teaching professional at The Golf Club at Briars Creek on Johns Island.
Nick Ceva, 11, made a hole-in-one during Tuesday’s opening round of the Mount Pleasant Junior Golf Open, using a 5-iron from 103 yards on the seventh hole.