When Pavarisa Yoktuan stepped onto the tee box of No. 12 at Pelican Golf Club, she knew the stakes. It had been in the headlines all week: unlimited giveaways of a two-year lease on a Lamborghini for a holes-in-one. The Thai player grabbed her 8-iron and watched the golf ball soar, land, then drop in the cup 147 yards later. It was her seventh ace and fifth in competition.
“It was really just starting off the day. I was talking to my caddie, ‘Oh, it's a little bit downwind,’ so just hit an easy 8-iron,” said Yoktuan, who carded a 3-under par 67 on Friday and is 5-under overall. “When I hit it, it was so good. I was waiting for it to land and didn't even know it was going in. It carried 4, 5 feet in front of the cup, and I was almost turned around then heard the roar. It kept going. I was looking for it and it went in, then just crazy. Yeah, went crazy.”
The hole-in-one landed Yoktuan a two-year lease on a Lamborghini courtesy of Morgan Auto Group in Tampa.
“Depending on the options, I want to give it a try. We’ll see,” Yoktuan said.
For the ace, CME Group will donate $20,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The 2021 season has 18 aces for a total of $360,000 donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“That's great, really awesome. I always talk to my friends and my manager, my family, that like one day I want to give back to the golf community,” said Yoktuan. “Doesn't matter in golf, or in general, just that I want to do something. A lot of people have helped me, like my family, my friends, my coach, everybody. This is the good. This is a great opportunity to get the chance to help people.”