Nova Scotia

At 9, Charlie Stewart is one of the youngest Nova Scotians to sink a hole-in-one

Many golfers will spend their lifetime chasing that elusive hole-in-one, but Charlie Stewart has done it at just nine years old. That makes Charlie the youngest person to sink an ace at Oakfield Golf and Country Club in Oakfield, N.S., the club's general manager says.

Golf wiz calls his shot and then sinks the ace before his tenth birthday

Charlie Stewart, nine, used a six iron to send his ball sailing right into the third hole at Oakfield Golf and Country Club. (Submitted by Tanya Matthews)

Many golfers will spend their lifetime chasing that elusive hole-in-one, but Charlie Stewart did it before his tenth birthday. 

That makes nine-year-old Charlie the youngest person to sink an ace at Oakfield Golf and Country Club in Oakfield, N.S., the club's general manager says.

The wildest thing, Charlie and his grandmother say, is that the Fall River, N.S., boy predicted he'd do it on Wednesday as the pair pulled out of the driveway to go play.

"I said to my mom and dad, 'I'm going to get a hole in one,'" he said, shy and proud at the same time. 

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Despite his prediction, Charlie still didn't quite believe it after he used a six-iron to send his ball flying across the 130 yards of the third hole.

"I shot it and I thought it went over the green, but I looked everywhere behind the green and I didn't see it," he said Thursday. "So I told my Nana I was going to go and look in the hole — and there it was, right in the hole."

Charlie and his nana, Tanya Matthews, love to golf together. (Submitted by Tanya Matthews)

That's when the celebration started. 

The canteen cart made its way over to Charlie and his grandmother Tanya Matthews started sharing the news.

While the traditional prize for a hole-in-one is a pitcher of beer, Charlie didn't want to wait 10 years to claim it. He happily took a bottle of Gatorade and a bag of chips instead. 

High fives met him at every corner of the club. Not only did he get a hole-in-one, but he golfed a score of 46 on nine holes.

Many golfers play for a lifetime dreaming of a simple '1' on their scorecard. Charlie got his five years after he took up the sport at four. (Jeorge Sadi/CBC)

"I've been playing this sport for well over thirty years now, and I'm still chasing my first hole-in-one," said Eric Tobin, the golf club's general manager. "So for somebody to do it at the age of nine is pretty amazing."

Charlie first picked up a set of golf clubs at four at the driving range; he became a member at the golf club when he turned eight.

In lieu of the traditional prize, a pitcher of beer, Charlie happily celebrated with Gatorade and chips. (Submitted by Tanya Matthews)

He comes from a golfing family: his grandmother loves to take Charlie and his two brothers out on the green — and her husband, Dean Hartman, has set a high bar with a lifetime record of three holes-in-one so far.

"I'm going to try to beat him," Charlie said. 

For now, he'll get his lucky golf ball framed — and hope that three others join it in the future.

Charlie picked up his first set of clubs at four years old. (Submitted by Andrea Stewart)

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