Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The A-Sun Scores Hole In One

As the 2014 Women’s Golf Championships concludes Wednesday in Jekyll Island, Ga., don’t be surprised if someone's scorecard comes up aces.

Over the course of the 2013-14 season, A-Sun women's golfers recorded four holes-in-one, a feat not many other conferences can claim.

USC Upstate’s Allea Hawkins kicked off the impressive accomplishment from the A-Sun quartet, recording a pair of aces in back-to-back tournaments in September. Her first came on the Pine Lakes course at Jekyll Island, this year's host of the A-Sun Championship. Using a hybrid club at the par-3 165 sixth hole, Hawkins scored her first collegiate hole in one. Two rounds later, at the Country Club of Spartanburg, Hawkins stepped up to another par-3 sixth and recorded her second ace.

"Both shots were high cut shots into the hole," said Hawkins. "I didn't even see the first one. I thought it was behind the hole but one of the people I was playing with got excited and told me it went in. I thought it was in the shadow of the flagstick. I looked in my range finder and it was in the hole. Today, I was going crazy. I saw it go in."

Kennesaw State’s Ines Lescudier, the reigning A-Sun Individual Champion, recorded her first career ace at the Lady Paladin Invitational. Lescudier hit a four hybrid at the 164-yard par-3 to record the hole-in-one. Not only the first career ace for Lescudier, but also the first in head coach Rhyll Brinsmead tenure at KSU.

Lescudier, a junior from Marseille, France, has been a force since coming to Kennesaw State. She holds several team records and was the 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Despite all the hardware, the hole in one had eluded Lescudier until this year. Along with serving as the Owls' number one player, Lescudier competed for Team France at the European Ladies Team Amateur Championship.

The final member of the 2013-14 hole-in-one club from the A-Sun was senior Carlie Gehlhausen from Jacksonville. She recorded her hole-in-one at the Pat Bradley Invitational back in October 2013. Using a 7-wood on the 174-yard par-3, Gehlhausen collected her first career ace. Gehlhausen’s shot came in the final round of the fall for the Dolphin squad.

The most exciting shot in golf was a big part of the women’s golf season, and it would only be fitting if it came into play during the final rounds of the 2014 Atlantic Sun Championship. 

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