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Memorable day for Camarillo
Sam Camarillo couldn't believe his eyes.

The 37-year-old recorded his first ever hole-in-one while playing in a tournament at River Oaks Golf Course on March 16.

"I got lucky," Camarillo said. "I would love to say it's all skill."

Sam aced the Par-3, 136-yard fourth hole.

The ball hit the fairway, bounced onto the front of the green and disappeared.

"It kept rolling and rolling until it dropped in the cup," Camarillo said. "I went ballistic."

Asked about his club of choice prior to making the shot of his life, Sam said: "I would have usually used an eight iron. For some weird reason I grabbed the driver. I was just going to hit the ball. I didn't think anything was going to happen."

The odds of a recreational golfer making a hole-in-one are 12,700 to 1 according to Golf Digest.

"It's amazing," Camarillo said. "I never thought I'd live to see the day. And I had witnesses to see it."

Sam's playing quartet included his brother, nephew and brother's co-worker.

Brother Luis, who is superintendent at Blackhawk Country Club, organized the event for his groundskeeper employees.

"They get together to socialize every three months," Sam said. "He always invites me."

Camarillo saved the ball and plans to put it in a display case along with a River Oaks hat that Luis purchased and hole-in-one key chain the club gave to him.

"I couldn't recover the tee," Sam said. "It just flew."

Camarillo took up golf five years ago. He's played 10 rounds at River Oaks Golf Course.

Daughters Anicia and Marissa have a passion for the sport as well.

Anicia is a freshman at Central Valley High School. She plays golf, basketball and soccer.

Marissa attends Sinclear Elementary School. She's in the second grade.

The Camarillos practice twice a week at River Oaks Driving Range.

"We frequent that place pretty often," he said.

Sam phoned Anicia minutes after beating the odds last month.

"As soon as I hit it, I called her up and said, "You won't believe what happened. I got a hole-in-one.' She said, "No way, you're lying.'"