BELLEAIR, Fla., Nov. 9, 2021 – U.S. Solheim Cup veteran Austin Ernst recorded the first hole-in-one at the Pelican Women’s Championship on Monday, winning a two-year lease on a Lamborghini courtesy of Morgan Auto Group, the official auto group for the Pelican Women’s Championship.
The hole-in-one took place on the par-3 12th hole at Pelican Golf Club, which measured 147 yards on Monday. Ernst used an 8-iron, which took place during the Raymond James Monday Pro-Am.
“I hit it barely off the toe, but it was right online and landed on the green and I thought, ‘oh, that’s got a chance,’” said Ernst. “And we saw it roll out and I was like, ‘did that just go in?’
A Lamborghini will be on display at the 12th hole throughout the week at the Pelican Women’s Championship, eligible for players to win a two-year lease should she record a hole-in-one.
“I’ve seen Lamborghini’s, but this is the first time I’ve ever sat in a Lamborghini,” Ernst continued. Two of my holes-in-one have been in competition, and now I have made two in pro-ams. This is really cool. I’m excited to take a little test drive.”
The Pelican Women’s Championship, taking place Nov. 11-14 at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., will feature 108 of the game’s top women professional golfers competing in the 72-hole championship for a share of the $1.75 million purse. GOLF Channel will televise all four days of coverage Thursday-Sunday.
The field features 10 of the top-15 ranked players in the world according to the Nov. 8 Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, including new World No. 1 Nelly Korda, Jin Young Ko (2), Sei Young Kim (4, defending champion), Lydia Ko (5) Yuka Saso (6), Nasa Hataoka (8), Brooke Henderson (10), Danielle Kang (11), Patty Tavatanakit (12) and Lexi Thompson (13). Nineteen of the 24 players who competed in the recent Solheim Cup in early September are entered in the field, including all 12 members of the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
Tampa Bay area residents Brittany Altomare, Brittany Lincicome and Elizabeth Szokol are also entered into the field, as well as Bradenton native, Jessica Korda, joining her sister, Nelly.
The Pelican Women’s Championship made its debut in 2020 without spectators and will welcome fans to Pelican Golf Club for the first time. Sei Young Kim captured the inaugural Pelican Women’s Championship in 2020 by three strokes at 14-under par, her 12th victory on the LPGA Tour.
Tickets are on sale for the 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship exclusively online at www.PelicanLPGA.com. A variety of ticket packages are available, including exclusive hospitality and general admissions tickets offering a wide degree of entertainment and access. In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, military members (active, reserve, retired and veterans) will gain free access to the tournament grounds all week. Children under the age of 18 gain free admittance with a paid adult.
For more information on the 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship presented by Konica Minolta and Raymond James, follow the tournament’s social media handles, including @PelicanLPGA on Twitter, @PelicanLPGAon Instagram and Pelican Women's Championship on Facebook.