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Tyler uses single arm for hole-in-one at Fox Den


Though Tyler Bunn is a victim of cerebral palsy, he’s carrying on a recent family tradition of golf excellence.

With an unusually stout right arm, Tyler nailed a hole-in-one from 113 yards out on the par 3, 13th hole at Fox Den Country Club Aug. 25.

Using only one arm, that stout right arm.

Saying it was the biggest athletic moment of his life, Tyler added, “Afterwards I was shaking a little bit. We [playing partners] started yelling and stuff.

“Afterwards I was calling my dad [David] and my mom [Joan], and I could barely hold the phone I was shaking so much, ” the 15-year-old Farragut High School sophomore added.

The setting was an ordinary golf day for Tyler, one of many this young avid golfer has each year.

“We were just out playing one day, and I wasn’t even thinking about getting a hole-in-one, just about playing around, and saw it drop in the hole,” he said. “We all went crazy. I was playing with a couple of friends from the Farragut High School Golf team.

“I hit it really good.”

Even before the hole-in-one, Tyler said No. 13 “was one of my favorites, like one of the easier holes for me.”

Already a member of FDCC’s “Hole-in-One Club” before his feat, Tyler’s $5 entry fee into the club has paid off more than a hundred-fold.

“Once you hit a hole-in-one, everyone in the Hole-in-One Club pays you $5 — it comes out to be $800 or something like that, a pro shop credit,” Tyler said.

Bunny Blevins, educational assistant with Knox County Schools Special Education, labels herself a “second mom” to Tyler.

“I have known Tyler since he was four years old … he was in my classroom. I’m very proud of him,” Blevins said. “The words ‘I can’t’ are not in his vocabulary. I’m very close to him.

“He has such upper body strength.”

How has Tyler acquired his strength? Repetition.

“Usually after school I head out to the driving range and hit balls or go play with some buddies,” Tyler said.

Mike Driver, FHS golf head coach, said Tyler puts in yeoman golf work both on the course and at the driving range at FDCC, adding, “he’s a great individual and a great student. I’m very happy for him.”

The FHS sophomore said he started playing golf, “Maybe around eight years old. And then I started getting real serious about golf in the sixth-grade.”

Tyler’s twin brother, Davis, is one of FHS’s best golfers. The twins’ oldest brother, Brandon, is a scholarship golfer at the University of Memphis.

 

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