MORIYA JUTANUGARN ACES EIGHTH HOLE ON SUNDAY AT THE AMUNDI EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

MORIYA JUTANUGARN ACES EIGHTH HOLE ON SUNDAY AT THE AMUNDI EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
MORIYA JUTANUGARN ACES EIGHTH HOLE ON SUNDAY AT THE AMUNDI EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France | Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn recorded the tenth ace of the 2023 LPGA Tour season on Sunday at The Amundi Evian Championship, holing out from 182 yards on the par-3 8th hole with a 6-iron to record her third career ace on the LPGA Tour. Jutanugarn’s two previous holes-in-one came during the first round of the 2017 JTBC Classic presented by Barbasol and during the second round of the 2017 Ascendant LPGA benefitting Volunteers of America.

It was a challenging week for the 29-year-old who carded scores of 71-74-72 in the first three rounds at Evian Resort Golf Club. But today’s ace helped Jutanugarn to a final-round, 5-under 66, a nice way to close out the year’s fourth major championship and kick off the #LPGAEuroSwing.

“It’s starting a little left than where I actually wanted, but it’s looking good,” said Jutanugarn, who closed out her week at the Amundi Evian Championship with a four-day total of 283 (1-under). “Because the pin is like past that slope down, we couldn’t really see anything, and like I see the ball hit and then bounce. And then actually play with Hye-Jin (Choi) and her dad just standing right behind the green and basically he telling us I made that. And I’m like, ‘Oh, nice.’ It was good.”

In honor of Jutanugarn’s hole-in-one, CME will donate $20,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of their CME Group Cares Challenge – Score 1 for St. Jude. The challenge is a season-long charitable giving program that turns aces into donations with a minimum guaranteed donation of $500,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way in how the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and life-threatening diseases. Jutanugarn’s ace raises the 2023 donation total to $200,000.

While the hole out was a nice exclamation point on her week at the Amundi Evian Championship, Jutanugarn was just as grateful to be able to contribute to childhood cancer research in such a meaningful way. “Everyone’s happy making hole-in-one,” she said. “But to able to like doing that and like helping other people, it means a lot.”

By Dr Muhammad Hussain