Amateur lands $20k hole in one

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Karratha local Blaine Catton after her hole-in-one at Port Hedland Golf Club
Camera IconKarratha local Blaine Catton after her hole-in-one at Port Hedland Golf Club

The Hedland heat did not stop professionals and amateurs teeing off against each other at the 25th annual PGA Australia Pro-Am series last weekend.

And it certainly did not stop amateur golfer Blaine Catton, pictured right, from scoring an exciting and unexpected hole in one.

The 26-year-old had been playing golf for just eight months when her hit bounced three times and landed straight into the hole on a par three, scoring her $20,000 prize money.

The event, held on September 5 and 6 at Port Hedland Golf Club, produced two hot days of competition on on Hedland’s much-loved green fairways.

Braden Becker, Allan Day, Gloria Jacob and Magoo at the 2020 Pro-Am in Hedland
Camera IconBraden Becker, Allan Day, Gloria Jacob and Magoo at the 2020 Pro-Am in Hedland Credit: Pictures: Sam Jones

Catton said the win was “still sinking in” when she celebrated at club headquarters.

Mother Tanya Catton agreed and was delighted to have shared the moment with her daughter and husband.

“There was a lot of screaming and high-fiving and hugging; we are still processing it,” she said.

“It’s life changing. That’s a lot of money.”

Coach Helen Pullingger, ametuer golfer Blaine Catton and PHGC president Les Oreo
Camera IconCoach Helen Pullingger, ametuer golfer Blaine Catton and PHGC president Les Oreo Credit: Danielle Raffaele/Northwest Telegraph/Danielle Raffaele/Northwest Telegraph

The event was attended by New Zealand professional golfer Michael Long, who has numerous PGA tour titles to his name.

He shared in the excitement of Catton’s lucky shot and hoped it served to remind people that anyone could give golfing a crack.

“That (hole in one) was awesome,” he said. “It’s a great thing and I hope it inspires more people to come and play because that’s what it’s all about. It doesn’t happen very often, so when it does, it is worth celebrating.”

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