Mich. boy, 6, gets ace using SpongeBob golf ball
ONEKAMA, Mich. – Braeden Furlow teed up his SpongeBob SquarePants ball from about 85 yards out, picked up a 3-wood and made a solid hit that bounced twice on the fairway before landing in the hole. Some golfers go their whole lives without marking down a "1." Braeden's hole-in-one was his first, but that shouldn't be a surprise — he's all of 6 years old.
"I told him he should stop playing because I don't want him to set the expectations too high on a regular basis," Braeden's father, Travis Furlow, told the News Advocate of Manistee for an article published online Monday night.
The lucky round happened on July 6, when the Dearborn family headed out to The Heathlands in Onekama, near their home in Manistee. It was Braeden's fourth time on the links. On the eighth hole, his moment came.
"He hit it, made pretty solid contact and it bounced twice in the fairway and caught that first cut and broke pretty hard right to left," Travis Furlow said with a laugh. "It was wild. It was a lot of fun to watch it happen."
Neither of Braeden's parents has ever hit a hole-in-one, but they say he hasn't rubbed it in.
"He handled it like a little gentleman," his father said. "He's been humble about it and we've talked about not bragging about it."
And he's eager to head out on the course again.
"I want to play golf," Braeden said. "When I'm golfing, I'm going to work on getting a hole-in-one."
Did Braeden think he could hit a hole in one?
"No," he told the newspaper.
Could he do it again?