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Warren 12-year-old sinks first hole-in-one

WARREN — It’s a milestone some golfers spend their entire careers chasing, but Warren resident Anthony DiCesare was able to accomplish it at just 12 years old.

While golfing with his grandfather, David DiCesare, the morning of June 9 at Old Avalon Golf Course (formerly known as Avalon South), Anthony DiCesare sank a hole-in-one on the course’s par-3 fifth hole, a shot of 130 yards.

Using a 9 iron, he said “it felt pretty good” when he made contact with the ball, and “dropped everything” when he realized what had happened.

“I was surprised,” said Anthony DiCesare, who will be entering eighth grade at Lincoln PK-8 School and is celebrating his 13th birthday today.

David DiCesare said, “He hit it pure. It was a beautiful shot … I saw it land, but I didn’t see how close. Then I saw it rolling to the hole until it went in and disappeared.”

The National Hole-In-One Registry lists the odds of such a shot at 12,500 to 1 for the average golfer. The registry also notes golfers who accomplish the feat are, on average, 55 years old at the time of the shot and spend an average of 24 years playing before sinking one.

Since he drilled a hole-in-one at just 12, Anthony DiCesare said he wants to hit at least three to five more if he can. There should be plenty of opportunities to do so, since he says he golfs an average of two or three times per week right now.

The up-and-comer received his first set of clubs at the age of four, David DiCesare said, and has stuck with it ever since. In the last three years, he’s taken lessons from local instructor Joe Allen, and he hopes to golf at Warren G. Harding High School when the time comes.

He also swims at Lincoln.

“That’s made him a lot stronger,” said David DiCesare, who got his own start in golf as a child 60 years ago when his uncle took him to courses. “He’s hitting drives 220 to 240 yards sometimes … He hits the ball further than I ever hit it.”

David DiCesare says the two are members at Cranberry Hills, and even traveled to Phoenix together three years ago for a week of golf during Anthony DiCesare’s spring break.

“One of my wishes, I’d like to think that Anthony will think of me when he gets older and he’s golfing and remembers some of the awesome curse words he’s learned from me out there,” David DiCesare, 65 and also of Warren, said with a laugh.

He said he knew Anthony would be talented early on.

“We knew he had great hand-eye coordination,” David DiCesare said. “When he was 18 months old, you had to watch around the house because you could get hit in the head by a foam ball.

“Then, by the time he was six years old, he’d play 18 holes with me and ask to go chip and putt afterward when I was just ready to go home.”

And it’s a passion that’s continued to develop since then.

“He’s golfed his whole life,” David DiCesare said. “He just loves to golf.”

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