Katherine Hull-Kirk left the 14th green with her first ever hole-in-one but she also left with something else, even though she had no clue at the time…a brand new set of wheels.
“I didn't know that was on the line,” Hull-Kirk said. “One of the LPGA staff guys came up to me on one of the holes and said, Oh, congrats on the car. I'm like, What? We won one?”
The hole-in-one came from 172 yards out with a 5-iron and landed about eight feet short of the hole and rolled in. Hull-Kirk wasn’t sure at first if it even went in.
“We were debating whether we saw it go in or if it finished behind the hole. We couldn't quite tell,” Hull-Kirk said. “We heard the two guys up near the green kind of cheer, and that was good enough for me.”
The ace provided a much needed jump start for Hull-Kirk whose strong round kept her above the cut-line for the first time in five events.
“I had a lot of holes to play, though,” Hull-Kirk said. “I haven't made too many cuts this year, so I still had to play well coming in. That definitely helped the score at the end of the day.”
Katherine wins a brand new Kia Cadenza, part of a promotion put on by Kia for the 14th hole at Highland Meadows Golf Club. Kia is the Official Automotive Partner of the LPGA.
“Yeah, I’m really thankful for Kia to sponsor it. I will be very delighted to drive it around,” Hull-Kirk said. “My husband and I were actually debating about buying a car because we've been splitting his.”
She won’t have to share anymore.