August 5, 2011 - 11 Salem Patriot by Marc Ayotte Hey Tarheels, listen up! There’s a golfer in this
neck of the woods who has aspirations of striking the pill for the UNC golf team in the fall of 2012.
“It would be really cool to go to the University of North Carolina, or in that area,” noted Kyle Gaudette. However, as a local option, the Salem
Salem Patriot Blue Devil Aces Scottish Pines #11
Kyle Gaudette aced the par 3, 11th hole from the 176 yard blue tees at Scottish Highlands on July 20
Re-enacting the shot of his hole in one on the par 3, 11th hole at Scottish Highlands GC in Salem is Kyle Gaudette
High School (SHS) standout acknowledges UNH is a great school and wouldn’t mind teeing it up there. Most of us who play golf, myself included, have never had bragging rights of striking a tee shot on a par three and never having to take the putter out of the bag before registering your score on the card. On Wednesday, July 20, incoming SHS senior golfer Kyle Gaudette had such good fortune. With his Titleist six iron in hand, the Ricky Fowler-kind of-look-alike Gaudette made a sweet pass at the ball on the par 3, 176 yard hole at Scottish Highland Golf Course in Salem. A few seconds later, one of the members in his foursome alluded to the fact that the ball may be in the hole. It was - a feat, that when statistically analyzed, is very infrequent. The hole in one came on the heels of a first hole-birdie (he started on the back nine) that left the SHS golfer 3 under par after two holes and jokingly ready to sign his card and call it a day. And by the way, although not clad in trademark Fowler vibrant blue and orange, Gaudette notes that the young Anaheim, CA, native happens to be his favorite PGA player. Most impressive about Gaudette’s ‘one’ was that it occurred during competition in a New England PGA Junior Tour Event. It wasn’t during a casual round with buds where the notion of legitimacy may have come in to question. His ace came en route to a dazzling 5 over par 34-42-76, over the 6,249 yard Scottish layout, under competitive pressure. Starting with club in hand, at the tender age of three, Gaudette could be found at the driving range. It wasn’t until many days later at the ripe old age of 5 that he started hitting the links. With a love for the game, Gaudette’s outlook is pretty simple; “I want to see how far this game takes me.” His mother, Carolyn simply noted, “I love watching him play.” Noticing that Kyle had good hand-eye coordination at an early age, his parents encouraged him to pursue golf. With both parents playing golf from a more recreational approach, Mrs. Gaudette freely
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Kyle Gaudette (left) stands with Campbell’s Scottish
Highlands G.C. pro Geoffrey Williams on the 11th tee where Gaudette scored a hole in one on July 20
admits that they leave the competitive golf to their son. With such parental support and private lessons for the last three years in full swing, the future looks very bright for the ambitious Blue Devil - as such, maybe Duke University is in the running?
And should you be wondering if the dimpled sphere, used as a prop in achieving the hole in one, is displayed upon a mantle in the Gaudette household, stop! Wanting to keep the good luck flowing, Kyle teed up his coveted ball on the 12th hole. Unfortunately, Guadette’s tee-ball went wide right into the water and without a snorkel in his Titleist bag, the trophy ball was history; “I didn’t realize it at first,” Gaudette said of his errant t-shot landing in the water. Approaching the scene of the crime, he followed up with a little disbelieving one on self-conversation; “that was the hole in one ball.” Don’t worry too much - I think in his golf career, Gaudette has a couple more aces up his sleeve!
submitted by Jamie Santo Ten year old motorcross racer Hunter Santo of Salem has qualified
for the largest amateur motorcross race in the world, the 30th Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motorcross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN. Hunter Santo has been racing motorcross since he was 6 years
old. This will he his second time qualifying for the National Championships and he achieved this feat, by qualifying two years in a row, a 50cc qualifier in 2010 and a 65cc qualifier in 2011. This puts him in a special group of kids that have ever achieved this accomplishment from New England and throughout the United States.
Hunter competes mostly every weekend from March until October
and over the past four years has nearly 150 first place moto wins and over 200 top five finishes, along with 12 Motorcross Championships and Titles across the Northeast and New England. With nearly 20,000 hopefuls from across America and the world
trying to qualify for this prestigious event, Hunter earned one of the spots out of just 1,300 or so qualifying positions from 33 different classes. Many of the world’s greatest motorcross racers such as Ricky
Carmichael, James Stewart, Travis Pastrana and Jeremy McGrath have won AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s and have gone on to successful professional Motorcross careers after racing at this event. Hunter also plays flag football, floor hockey and basketball and
loves the outdoors and spending time with his family hunting and fishing.
Hunter will be attending the event with his biggest fans supporting him, his Mom, his Dad and his two sisters, Dakota and Shayne. Hunter would also like to thank some of his sponsors through
the years, ONEAL Racing Gear, Bohne Stock Performance and Motorbikes Plus of Portsmouth.
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