Amateur lands $20k hole in one
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.
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.”
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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