It’s a shot many only dream of making, but for Sam Fidone, it’s a reality he hasn’t quite wrapped his head around.
“I’m still shaking. It’s unbelievable,” Sam Fidone said.
The Lufkin native scored, as you see there, what’s called an "eagle." To get that, you must score two under par or two strokes less than expected.
It was an unexpected win, that is, unless you count Sam Fidone’s gut feeling.
“But the last two feet, I can’t lie; I knew it was going in. And it ended up rattling in the back of the cup and hit the bottom of the hole, and I looked to one of my buddies and they tell me I won,” Sam Fidone said.
And of course the crowd in Honduras went wild. Here at home in Lufkin – a similar scene took place.
“I was in the backyard in the pool, and I heard this scream from within the house, ‘He eagled the 18th hole. He won, he won!’ I was like, ‘Wow. The dogs were barking, it was really a fun time,” said Dr. George Fidone, Sam's father.
The entire ordeal is a part of the PGA Tour in Latin America. It was an understandably long road to get the 23-year-old to this point, one his parents were there for every step of the way.
“Around 10, he started playing competitively. We used to drive to Tyler, to Houston, to all these tournaments, local, regional tournaments. And he would get up every morning at the crack of dawn or 5 o’clock in the morning to get to these tournaments,” Terra Fidone, Sam's mother said.
The win puts Sam Fidone up to qualify for the Web.com tour, the final stop before the PGA Tour. And Sunday’s celebration, was significant for another reason…
“Happy Mother’s Day to my mom. This is a much better Mother’s Day present than what I go you, I know that,” Sam Fidone said.
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