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Kommavong, Torres beating the odds in golf
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Andre Torres and Andrew Kommavong beat the odds.

Torres, a sophomore at Ceres High, made a hole-in-one at River Oaks Golf Course.

Kommavong turned an unassisted triple play while playing third base for the Ceres Indians 9-10-year-old youth baseball team.

"It's pretty crazing," Andre said. "I couldn't believe it at first."

"Andrew was excited throughout the whole night," said father Sod Kommavong. "You could see a big grin on his face."

Torres accomplished the feat during a junior match-play qualifier tournament on May 12.

He aced the par-3, 138-yard first hole with his 9-iron.

"I hit the ball and watched where it landed," Andre said. "At first it didn't go in. It was hanging on the edge and eventually fell in."

The odds of making a hole-in-one are estimated at 12,500 to 1 according to

Friend Domingo Bermudez was Torres' caddie.

"Right after I got it, I hugged him," Andre said. "I also called my dad, mom and coach. I was in shock. I saved the ball. It's in my golf bag."

Fifteen minutes earlier, Torres missed all 18 of his attempts during a hole-in-one fundraiser contest at the River Oaks driving range.

"I tried and didn't make it," he said.

Andre earned bragging rights over his father. Manuel has been playing golf for eight years.

"The closest I've ever gotten to a hole-in-one is six inches," he said.

Andre took a year off from CHS golf before joining the varsity team at Ceres High this spring. He played in a couple of matches.

When Torres returned to school the Monday following his great achievement, health teacher Brett Johnson passed on the news to his classmates.

"What did you do this weekend Andre?" Johnson asked prior to making the announcement. "Do you have something to tell me?"

Torres' Nike golf ball will be placed and mounted in a personalized display case, which will be purchased from Things Remembered by his father.

"You know if you get a hole-in-one when you're old enough to drink, you have to buy everyone a round," Manuel stated to his son.

Manuel paid for Andre's tournament fees: $55 for the season and an additional $16 per match.

"That one shot makes it all worth it," Manuel said.

Added Andre: "It motivates me to play even more."

Andrew accomplished his rare feat against the Ceres Yankees on May 14 at George Costa Ball Field Complex. Just 15 unassisted triple plays have been recorded in Major League Baseball since 1909.

"I didn't think it was that big of a deal at first," Sod said. "All of the coaches came up to me and said, 'Did you see what your son did?' This doesn't happen that often."

With two runners on base in the top of the first inning, Kommavong snagged a line drive. Andrew, who has been playing baseball since the age of six, tagged the runner advancing from second. Encouraged by the excited crowd, the runner that broke for home tried to return to third. Kommavong was waiting for him.

Opposing coach Mark Partida, who was standing near the third-base line, watched the play unfold.

Coincidentally, Kommavong plays for Partida's Ceres Blaze travel team.