Genes play out for junior golfer

Genes play out for junior golfer
Carter Cummings

Carter Cummings

On the morning of Dec. 21, 2016, 13-year-old Carter Cummings said he woke up thinking, “Maybe I’ll hit a hole in one today!”

It turns out that his waking thought wasn’t just a pipe dream. Later that day, Cummings and Bolles’ School seventh grade classmates Miller Lockwood and Will Moore were playing a round at the Timuquana Golf and Country Club when he found his sweet spot with a 7 iron on Hole 8.

Like his father, Spencer, Cummings grew up playing golf at the club, and plays on the Bolles golf team, just like dad did. Unlike his father, who made his only hole-in-one at age 32, young Cummings realized his goal much sooner.

“It feels good,” said Cummings, when asked how it felt to make his first hole-in-one at an early age. “Hopefully many more to come!”

Cummings began taking lessons at the golf club in Venetia at age six and the apple hasn’t fallen far at all from the family tree. Carter’s great-uncle, Ed Sabo, is a professional golfer and was on the Senior PGA tour, said his mother, CeCe. Sabo made his first hole-in-one when he was 13, too. The pro claims 10 in his lifetime, with three in one month in 2016.

“Carter plays a lot of golf after school and every weekend with friends or with his dad,” said CeCe. “My husband plays a lot of golf, as do my in-laws, all at Timuquana Country Club and in North Carolina. Carter spends most summers playing in North Carolina and has attended golf camps in Pinehurst.”  

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