WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School varsity golfer Anna Bowman made a hole-in-one last week in a match against Kent Place at Canoe Brook Country Club.

“We were playing the first nine holes on the north course,” the junior recalled. “On hole seven, which was a par three and 165 yards into the wind making the yardage seem more like 170, I hit my four iron. The ball had some backspin, meaning that it bounced behind the hole and then bounced into the hole.”

It was the first time that this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week had made a hole in one.

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“When the ball went into the hole I was in shock and actually thought it went over the back of the greens at first, since I could not actually it believe it went into the hole,” Bowman said. “After I knew my mind was not tricking me, since I did hit a truly perfect shot, I just dropped my club and stood there in shock and smiling.  It was truly a feeling I will never forget and a lot of it was based on luck, even though I did hit the shot exactly the way that I wanted to hit it.”

Bowman said that first got into golf while at a summer camp in second grade, where she was introduced to her swing coach, who told her father that she had great potential.

“My dad used to be a great golfer himself and helped me start my career,” she said. “I started to take lessons with Leo Tabick, who is also my current swing coach and mentor.”

Bowman played in her first tournament while in the fourth grade.  She said that Tabick gave her a driver headcover that she has taken with her to every tournament.

“What I love about golf is the chance to meet new people, play gorgeous golf courses, be able to push myself to try to be the best, and being able to really enjoy what I love doing,” Bowman said.

“Playing in different matches and tournaments now only for high school, but outside of school gives me the chance to meet other people who, like me, love to play golf and truly enjoy the sport,” she said. “Also, by playing in tournaments both in high school and outside of school I am able to play at amazing golf courses that I would not otherwise be given the opportunity to play.”

Golf pushes her to constantly try to improve, Bowman said.

“The first time you are under par or your first hole-in-one are experiences that you both not only forget but make you want to continue to become better,” she explained. “Playing golf has always been enjoyable for me. I find peace in playing on the course and being able to play a sport that I love.”

This May, she plans to play in the US Women's Open Qualifier.

“Next, I want to be able to win conferences for the third year in a row and win states as well as both a team and individually,” Bowman said. “This summer I want to qualify for the US Girls Junior.”

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