Dawn Wientjes’ day on the course got off to the best start possible on Monday.
The junior golfer aced the 127-yard par-3 15th at the Head’s Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C.
It was first hole-in-one in the career of the Metropolis, Ill., native, and it came on her first hole of the day.
She said the ball flew off her 8-iron and bounced twice before landing in the hole.
“I hit it, and the first thing my coach said was, ‘Well, that was good,’” Wientjes said. “Then it went in, and I was kind of in shock.”
She went on to shoot a 78, the lowest Lady Topper score of the Low Country Intercollegiate tournament.
“Throughout the day, it was kind of hard to concentrate after that,” Wientjes said. “I knew it was only going to go uphill from there.
“After that, I wasn’t really too mad about a missed shot or anything. I think I had my luck for the day.”
WKU went on to finish 12th at the tournament, out of 15 teams.
The Lady Toppers return to the course on April 6 and 7 for the Eastern Kentucky Invitational in Richmond before the Sun Belt Conference Championships from April 18-20 in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
“The weather’s been getting better, obviously, so we’ve been practicing a lot more,” Wientjes said. “I think this year can be a big year for us.”