Saint Patrick High School Junior Kyle Smollen aced the 5th hole at Willow Hill Golf Course during a match against Northridge Prep on September 12. Kyle made the shot on a par 3 with his 8-iron and finished the day with a score of 36 during the 9-hole round.
“I didn’t even know it went in until my coach started screaming,” said the 16-year old Smollen. “I think he (Coach Tortoriello) was more excited than I was.”
Head Coach Mike Tortoriello certainly had something to be excited about as his Shamrocks won the match 153-174. Kyle Donovan was the meet's medalist and finished with a 1-under par 34.
Smollen started playing golf with his dad when he was in 6th grade (Hawthorne Elementary School ) but never played competitively until his Freshman year at St. Pat’s. Kyle and his family are members of Ridgemoor Country Club.
About Saint Patrick High School
Chicago’s oldest, all-male Catholic high school, Saint Patrick boasts an innovative approach to learning that has enabled the Lasallian school to maintain a rigorous curriculum throughout its 152-year history. Students in the Academy Honors Program average a 28.5 ACT and can earn up to 34 college credit hours. The class of 2012 earned $10.3 million in college scholarships and sent both the valedictorian and salutatorian to the University of Notre Dame. Ninety-eight percent of the seniors went on to college.