Casey Ward of Chapel Hill hit the second hole-in-one of her burgeoning golf career on Monday — and it came in competition at the 43rd annual Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship.
Ward, a varsity golfer for Cedar Ridge High School, was tied for third place in the tournament, thanks in part to her ace on the 107-yard, par-3, 15th hole at Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison, Miss.
“It was in between clubs for me, but I hit a knock-down 9-iron that took two hops and went in,” Ward said. “It was drawing right into the hole, and I knew it was going to be close. I didn’t know it was going to go in.”
The national tournament’s 159-player field endured temperatures nearing 100 and humidity levels hovering around 50 percent for the first round.
Ward finished the first day with a 73, trailing only leader Taylor Totland (69) of New Jersey and Ally McDonald (72) of Mississippi.