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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Student aces 400-yard hole

Advertiser Staff

Tadd Fujikawa
Feb. 20
Walter Nagorski
Hole No. 9, 400 yards, driver

Tadd Fujikawa has three career holes-in-one in his five years of golfing, but the one he recorded on Sunday is one the 14-year-old Moanalua Middle School student will remember for a long time.

Fujikawa and his father, Derrick, were at the Walter Nagorski Course and Tadd hit a driver on the 400-yard, par-4 ninth hole.

"I hit my drive and I hit it really good," Tadd said. "It was going straight down the middle of the fairway. When we went up there, we looked all around and we couldn't find it and I just dropped another one in the fairway as my second shot.

"When we went up to the green, my dad was going to take out the pin and he started yelling that there was a ball in the hole."

After confirming it was the same ball that Tadd originally played, "we were so happy," Tadd said.

"It was downwind and the fairways were rolling a lot, so I think that helped," Tadd said.

Kevin Ralbovsky, who coaches Tadd, said his young charge typically hits his drives about 270 to 275 yards.

"He's an exceptionally gifted young man," said Ralbovsky, who runs the KMR School of Golf at the Ko'olau Golf Club.

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