Albatross

Keifer Strom holds up the ball that rolled into the cup for a double eagle.

Keifer Strom got off to a pretty good start June 6 while playing Pinehurst No. 7.

The 12-year-old was three-under-par after playing just one hole with his father and mother, David and Elena Strom, and his brother, 14-year-old Parker.

His round started with the par-5 first hole. The lad proceeded to hit driver from the red tees, followed up by a 4-hybrid from 165 yards. The well-struck ball bounced in front of the green and rolled at perfect speed into the cup for a double eagle.

“I’ve never witnessed a double eagle until then,” his father said. “Nice to begin a round three-under-par after one hole, right? I was high-fiving him!”

His father pointed out that sibling rivalry took a back seat that day, “Parker actually seemed genuinely excited for his brother that day,” David Strom said.

Knowing that the shot was “special,” his father had his son hole all his putts the rest of the round on his way to his best score so far in his young life — a solid 86 (44-42).

“I’m not sure his mom knew what an albatross or double eagle meant at the time,” said David Strom. “I know once when I had a hole-in-one she simply said ‘nice shot.’”

The proud father described his son as a “fantastic” student at Southern Middle School, heading into the seventh grade, who plays travel soccer, is an avid swimmer and loves golf.

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