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Siena freshman reunited with 1999 golf ball announcing her birth

April 25, 2018 06:12 PM

LOUDONVILLE - In the age of social media, birth announcements have become more and more creative. Some end up going viral, others are saved on smartphones -- and then there are those that are almost forgotten.

That's until one Siena golfer got a reunion she never saw coming.

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Often times, a call from the associate dean of students will leave a pit in your stomach like a call to the principal's office.

"I called up the secretary and I asked, 'What's the regards for the meeting.' She's like, 'Well, have you ever been in trouble?' I was like, 'I don't think so," recalled Siena Freshman Grace Cuttone.

Cuttone returned a few days ago from playing in the MAAC Golf Championships, but all the while, she wondered what this meeting would be all about.

It was a box all the way from New Mexico, where a state legislator found a piece of Cuttone's past in a bucket of golf balls at a driving range.

The golf ball said, "It's a girl," and had Cuttone's name and birth date on it.

With that birth announcement golf ball was a letter.

"I thought it should be returned to its rightful owner. Best wishes, Matthew McQueen, Santa Fe, New Mexico," read the letter.

To answer the question of how a birth announcement for someone born in New Jersey ends up in New Mexico, Cuttone's mom is from the "Land of Enchantment" state, but more than an hour from Sante Fe. So the ball ending up where it did, at a random driving range? Not even a call to mom could solve that mystery.

"Why would it be in Santa Fe? That's crazy," said mom, when Cuttone spoke with her on the phone.

Nearly 20 years later, a ball Cuttone never knew existed and one her parents nearly forgot all about, has made it all the more obvious that golf has always been in Cuttone's blood.

"It's funny, 'cause I always talk with my friends about golf and how we're this huge golfing family," explained Cuttone.

Thanks to the kindness of a complete stranger, a keepsake is back in the Cuttone family, never again to risk the potential fate of a wayward tee shot.

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