EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France | Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn recorded the tenth ace of the 2023 LPGA Tour season on Sunday at The Amundi Evian Championship, holing out from 182 yards on the par-3 8th hole with a 6-iron to record her third career ace on the LPGA Tour. Jutanugarn’s two previous holes-in-one came during the first round of the 2017 JTBC Classic presented by Barbasol and during the second round of the 2017 Ascendant LPGA benefitting Volunteers of America.
It was a challenging week for the 29-year-old who carded scores of 71-74-72 in the first three rounds at Evian Resort Golf Club. But today’s ace helped Jutanugarn to a final-round, 5-under 66, a nice way to close out the year’s fourth major championship and kick off the #LPGAEuroSwing.
“It’s starting a little left than where I actually wanted, but it's looking good,” said Jutanugarn, who closed out her week at the Amundi Evian Championship with a four-day total of 283 (1-under). “Because the pin is like past that slope down, we couldn't really see anything, and like I see the ball hit and then bounce. And then actually play with Hye-Jin (Choi) and her dad just standing right behind the green and basically he telling us I made that. And I'm like, ‘Oh, nice.’ It was good.”
In honor of Jutanugarn’s hole-in-one, CME will donate $20,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as part of their CME Group Cares Challenge – Score 1 for St. Jude. The challenge is a season-long charitable giving program that turns aces into donations with a minimum guaranteed donation of $500,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which is leading the way in how the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and life-threatening diseases. Jutanugarn’s ace raises the 2023 donation total to $200,000.
While the hole out was a nice exclamation point on her week at the Amundi Evian Championship, Jutanugarn was just as grateful to be able to contribute to childhood cancer research in such a meaningful way. “Everyone’s happy making hole-in-one,” she said. “But to able to like doing that and like helping other people, it means a lot.”