Elizabeth Carpio seizes the day with Port Royal hole-in-one
Carding a hole-in-one in brutal conditions was the farthest thing from Elizabeth Carpio’s thoughts as she awaited her turn at the No 13 tee box at Port Royal Golf Course.
But that is precisely what happened to the senior amateur, who achieved the extraordinary and extremely rare feat at the 135-yard, par-three hole, competing in a friendly tournament at the par-72 Southampton layout last Sunday.
“Sunday was really, really windy,” Carpio said. “I think it was 35-40 knots of wind when we came to the hole at No 13 and the wind was in our face.
“My lady friends used three-wood and none of them got to the green. So I used driver and hit the ball straight to the green, and it landed on the front and eventually rolled into the pin in the middle right.
“We were all jumping with joy and screaming because of the conditions. It was just amazing to watch.
“The wind was blowing in my face like crazy. I was thinking if I can get on the green I would be happy, and it went straight into the hole instead.”
Remarkably, it was the third time that the mother of two has achieved a hole-in-one, having previously done so at Ocean View Golf Course and Belmont Hills Golf Course.
“My first hole-in-one was at No 9 at Ocean View competing in the Sunset Tournament about ten years ago,” Carpio added. “People were standing on the top and watching, and this ball just hit the front green and rolled into the hole.
“The second was at No 4 at Belmont Hills. The pin was in the middle and I hit the hill, and it trickled from the hill on the left side and then rolled into the hole.”
The Tucker’s Point and Belmont Hills member’s most recent ace has enabled her to claim bragging rights in the family household.
“It’s pretty amazing and I’m ecstatic because I can throw it in my husband’s [Curtis] face,” she added. “He has two hole-in-ones, but now I have surpassed him.”
Carpio shot 89 to finish eighteenth in a field of more than 50 at the friendly event at Port Royal.
“I was aiming for a lower score, but the conditions were really tough,” she said.
“A lot of people shot really high, so I’m quite happy I got 89 in those tough conditions.”