Stillwater sophomore Sam Dennison thought she had the wrong club for the 107-yard par 3 No. 14 in the first round of the Class 6A girls state golf tournament at Ponca City Country Club.
Hitting a pitching wedge — usually a 120-yard club — at three-quarter speed, Dennison got the ball going on the right path, but she still didn’t think it was going to go in.
“I knew it was the wrong club, but I got it going at the flag,” she said. “At first, I didn’t know it went in, but I saw the people behind the green start yelling.”
It was the first hole-in-one for Dennison, who has been playing golf for 11 years, since she was 4 years old.
Dennison finished with an 85, despite a three-hole stretch in which she was 4 under par. She had birdies on the hole before and the hole after her ace on No. 14.
DEFENDING CHAMP UNION UP BY 12
While the wind and fast greens led to a rise in scores virtually across the board, Tulsa Union still found its way back to the top.
The three-time defending champion Redskins shot a 318 team total, led by Trudy Allen with a 75 and Anna Kim at 77.