Mattie Neeley started playing golf when she was seven-years old.
She's had a tremendous amount of success.
The Madison Central graduate helped the Lady Indians win a Kentucky High School Athletic Association state championship in 2015.
She's won an individual state title.
She's claimed titles at dozens of tournaments and recently signed to play golf at the Division I level.
Until recently, though, she had never recorded a hole-in-one.
"It just took 11 years," Neeley said with a laugh.
That special moment finally happened earlier this month in South Carolina.
The Richmond resident aced No. 17 at the famous Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. She used a 5 iron on the par-3, 174-yard hole.
Neeley wasn't sure it was a hole-in-one at first.
"I could still see the ball," Neeley said. "The holes are partially covered (because of the COVID-19). So, until I got up super close, I wasn't convinced that it was not in. When I saw it was in, I was just like, 'Well. There you go.'"
That hole, in particular, is one of the most picturesque at a course that is set to play host to the 2021 PGA Championship.
"That's the historic one," Neeley said.
The Central grad signed with Eastern Kentucky University last year and had hoped to prep for her college career with a summer full of tournaments.
COVID-19 forced most of those events to be canceled.
So, Neeley and her family have been playing some of the top courses in the country.
The Richmond resident has been selected to play at the North & South Junior Championship at Pinehurst in North Carolina. The event is scheduled for July 4 through 8.
After that, Neeley will turn her focus to getting prepared for her first season at EKU.
"Arlington is my home course," Neeley said. "Once I get back from North Carolina, I will probably play it every day before we start school."