In the opening round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Lexi Thompson recorded an ace on the par-3 6th hole (her 15th of the day) at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.
Using an 8-iron from 166 yards, the 23-year old Floridian went from 1-over par to 1 under with one swing.
Unfortunately, Thompson bogeyed the very next hole – the scoreable par-5 7th (her 16th hole). Thompson then closed with two pars to sign for a first-day even-par 72. She sits T52, six shots back of first-round leader Sung Hyun Park (66).
Thompson’s ace was the first at the KPMG Women’s PGA since Brooke Henderson’s did it en route to winning the title in 2016. It marks the 23rd overall hole-in-one since 1971.
She was rewarded with an Acer laptop for her good fortunes.
Update: Brittany Marchand also recorded a hole-in-one – her ace occurred on the 175-yard No. 17 hole. She used a 5-iron. Marchand’s reward had a little more value than Thompson’s as she was handed the keys to a 2019 Kia Sorento.
Quick factoid: Kemper Lakes Golf Club joins Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Mass. (1974) and DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del. (2001) as the third club to surrender two hole-in-ones in the same Championship.
There have been 24 hole-in-ones since 1971.