They share the same car. They cheer for the same team and even compete in the same sport.
Jacob, Matthew and Anna Omohundro have shared a close bond from birth and wouldn’t have it any other way. The siblings were born 30 seconds apart 17 years ago and remain a close-knit trio. Matthew followed Jacob, and Anna came after Matthew in a span of a minute and thirty seconds.
Jacob, Matthew and Anna often are asked what it’s like to be triplets and are used to the inquiries.
“It’s actually really cool,” Matthew said. “I’ve spent my whole life and every second of the day with Jacob. We share a room and we do everything together. We golf, eat, sleep, together. We always go to a friend’s house together.”
Anna likes having two slightly older brothers who share the same birthday 30 seconds apart.
“I’ve never known any different so I can’t compare it, but it’s good because we always have each others’ back,” she said. “We always have each other to depend on. Our academics are the same, and we keep pretty good grades. We’re really similar with our values, morals and stuff.”
All three are juniors at George Rogers Clark High School, where Jacob and Matthew are members of the boys’ golf team. Anna followed her two brothers and competes on the girls’ squad.
Jacob and Matthew started playing golf at age “12 or 13” and Matthew followed. Anna didn’t attempt to compete in the sport until last summer. The triplets were inspired by their father John to pick up golf.
Anna and John join the duo to form a foursome during family golf outings. Jacob said it’s hard to distinguish who is the best golfer in the family.
“It really depends on the day,” Jacob said with a smile.
Regardless of the day, Matthew knows he has a steady support system in place on the course.
“We push each other to do good,” he said. “We’ll help each other out and try to figure out what we’re doing wrong. That’s what we’ve done all of our lives.”
Despite her late start, Matthew has been impressed with Anna’s progression and is looking over his shoulder.
“She’s a good hitter,” she said. “She’s really impressed me the way she hits the ball. I didn’t think she would be able to, but she goes out there and hits her driver pretty far.”
Although she’s behind her siblings when it comes to experience, Anna is catching up at her own pace.
“I really enjoy it,” she said. “I never really thought I would and that’s why I really never started. I still have a lot catching up to do, but I like to tell people that I’m holding my own. They didn’t think I would do that good (at first), but they’re pretty proud of me.”
Anna added that playing golf together has allowed her to spend more time with her two brothers.
“Before I started playing golf, they always got to do it together,” she said. “I was often doing (other things) and off doing whatever else I was doing.”
When it comes to recognizing the brothers, their hairstyles set them apart from each other. Jacob “has the long hair and the beard,” while Matthew “has the military cut.”
“Everybody thought we were the same person in elementary school and stuff and that’s one way we can be different,” Jacob said. “(Matthew) had the longer hair at first and it didn’t look too good on him.”