On Friday at the ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by AVIV Clinics, two players made aces to make it the fourth event of the LPGA Tour season where at least two holes-in-one were made in the same round. Tiia Koivisto, who won earlier this year at the Ladies European Tour’s Jabra Ladies Open, aced No. 12 at Galgorm, from 147 meters with her 7 iron. Georgia Hall made the other of the day, her first in LPGA Tour competition, on No. 3 at Massareene with her pitching wedge from 132 yards.
“We were like slightly in between clubs, but I kind of felt I couldn't hit a 9-iron, and ended up half a yardage; I hit a really good shot. Hit -- I couldn't really see it, but I think it pitched a few yards short, spun, and then rolled in nicely,” said Hall, who didn’t see the ball drop but heard the cheers from the green. “It was really good.”
It was a momentum starter for the Englishwoman in her final holes, after back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 18 and 1 took the wind out of her sails for a bit. The hole-out sparked a comeback, as Hall grinded to the finish line, adding one more birdie on No. 5 to close out with a second-round 69 and at -8 overall in a tie for fifth. Hall’s 137 is her second-best 36-hole score this season, following a 136 at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, and was satisfied to make it through Massereene in contention heading into the final two rounds.
“This round today was really one I just wanted to kind of get away with a half decent score. This can be secretly quite tough, so I'm very happy to kind of get that day over with and play Galgorm for the weekend,” said Hall, who last won on Tour at the 2020 AmazingCre Portland Classic in a playoff against reigning AIG Women’s Open champion Ashleigh Buhai. “I think I should have got a few more birdies to be honest, but it was a steady day.”