IRVING, Texas - Mi Hyang Lee knew when the 6-iron on the 17th hole came off her club face that she’d at least have a solid birdie opportunity at the 162-yard par-3. It turned out a little better than that, dropping in the hole for her second career hole-in-one. She jumped, shouted, hugged her caddie and high fived her playing partners.
The celebration probably would have been even more enthusiastic, though, if she had realized what she’d just won – a new Kia K900.
“I didn’t know that, but one player told me, ‘Oh, you get the car!’” Lee explained.
Even after that, she wasn’t ready to accept it. She wanted confirmation from the LPGA if she really won the car.
“It’s perfect!” Lee said. “I love Kia. I have a Kia car in my home, it’s a Sorrento. So my dad and me love Kia.”
It’s her dad, in fact, that will receive the Kia K900. Mi Hyang said she loves her Sorrento too much to make the switch, and her dad had been telling her for months that he was going to buy a K900 when he’d see it at LPGA events.
Now, he doesn’t have to.
“My dad told me I want to buy a K900 one day, but I got the hole-in-one now,” Mi Hyang said.
But she hasn’t told him yet that the car is his soon. She’s hoping to surprise him with the keys in the future.
“Maybe on Father’s Day,” Mi Hyang said when asked when she’d tell him. “Nice gift for him!”
Luckily for her, both her dad and she prefer black cars, so the ordering process will be easy.
But for now, it’s hands off for her dad.
“Now I tell him, ‘Oh, that’s my car! So please don’t touch that one’” she said with a laugh.
At least not until Father’s Day.