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High Schools: Williamsville North's Halpern scores rare golf feat

Kevin Halpern, the 2017 Section VI boys individual golf champion, shot a 38 over nine holes in Williamsville North's 248-282 varsity golf victory over Williamsville South on Monday at the Country Club of Buffalo.

It's no surprise that the Spartans senior was the medalist for the nine-hole competition. How he got to his 38, two over par, was a bit unusual, though,  because is included a rare golf feat -- an albatross.

Using a driver, then a wedge, Halpern scored his albatross on the par-5, 475-yard No. 7 hole at CCB. An albatross is three-under-par for a hole in golf.

Halpern's tee shot traveled an estimated 330 yards.

"Kevin saw his second shot hit the front of the green and roll but, because there was a shadow over the green, lost sight of it," says his father, Bruce. "When he got to the green, he found the ball was in the hole."

The teams were playing the blue tees at the club, which is Williamsville South's home course. Also, for high school matches, one of the par-4 holes is played as a par-5.

According to the United States Golf Association, the odds of making an albatross are about 1 million to 1. The odds of making a hole-in-one are around 13,000 to 1.


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