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Florida freshmen triplets lead golf team into state tournament | USA Today High School Sports

The Episcopal School of Jacksonville (Fla.) golf team has opponents seeing triple.

Well, not exactly, as this talented Eagles trio isn’t identical, but triplets Samuel, Walker and Nathaniel King are still taking Florida’s 1A classification by storm with plenty of high school golf left to play.

“Someone told me I was going to have eighth-grade triplets going out for the team,” Eagles coach Derek Distefano told The Florida Times-Union for a feature about the triplets. “I was trying to imagine how that was going to go. How would I know which was which?”

Even if they’re not identical triplets, it’s still hard to tell them apart, since they all sport khakis along with ESJ’s maroon and gold polo shirts, and they can all swing a golf club better than most. The Eagles entered this week’s state tournament with the state’s top five-player regional tournament score (294) — led by Samuel’s 72 and Walker’s 73 at The Golf Club at South Hampton in Augustine, Fla.

In the first of two rounds this week, Walker (78) and Samuel (79) again posted the low scores for ESJ, which stands 27 combined strokes off the lead entering Round 2 of the state tournament. Nathaniel serves as the alternate on the Eagles’ five-player roster, and opposing teams must be wondering how they’re going to match up in another three years with these triplets who already all shoot in the 70s.

“I think golf is more enjoyable because we’re all about the same skill level,” Walker told the paper. “We can compete against each other and have a good idea of where our games are.”

Just imagine where their games will be when they’re all seniors. Not that they could’ve imagined this when the boys were born, but their parents are reaping the rewards of getting their triplets playing at age 3, because they might be the beneficiaries of a trio of golf college scholarships in a few years time.

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