In most circumstances, Jeannie Hillock would be considered conservative and dignified. But Monday, after watching her tee shot roll into the hole on the par-3 11th at Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Osprey Point, she lost it. And understandably, because the result of the 168-yard shot was a two-year lease on a BMW Z4 hardtop convertible (sticker price over $50,000).
"It was over the top," Hillock said. "I've never behaved like that in my entire life. I went crazy, screaming, arms flailing. Oh my gosh! It went in. It's a little miracle."
Hillock, an 11-handicapper who plays about five days a week at Kiawah Island Club's two courses, was playing with her husband Gordon, Marc Camens and Ginny Lawrence in a benefit tournament for Sea Island Habitat for Humanity. The event raised $49,489 for the charity.
"Our goal each year is to fundraise for a house," said Christa Lewis of Sea Island Habitat. Lewis said the house that is being funded is in the final stages of completion and will be the first two-story house built on Wadmalaw Island.
"Jeannie and her husband have been longtime supporters of this event, so we feel it was good karma coming back their way," said Lewis, noting that it's the first hole-in-one in the tournament's 14-year history.
Hillock said she used her rangefinder on the tee and decided a 3-wood wouldn't have enough carry for the pin, which was tucked behind a sand trap and had to carry the lake in front of the green.
"I decided to hit the driver sort of easy," she said. "It landed near the pin, rolled behind it and then rolled back down. Because I hit my driver, I thought it was going to keep going and get caught up in the rough. It stopped for a moment, then it was coming back down and rolled right into the pin. I could hear the click."
She said the two witnesses behind the green came "flying out of their chairs."
"It was very, very exciting. That black roadster sitting there, it really is a beautiful vehicle," said Hillock, who already has been assured that her golf clubs will fit into the car very nicely.
College of Charleston assistant golf coach David Kite and junior Ross Tooley made it to the final of the South Carolina Golf Association Four-Ball Championship last Sunday at Furman University Golf Club, but fell to defending champions Chip Whitt of Greenwood and Walter Todd of Laurens, 2 and 1.
Kite and Tooley got the match back to square after a 60-foot birdie by Tooley on the 13th hole and a chip-and-putt for birdie on the 15th. But the Charleston duo bogeyed 16 and 17 to end the match.
E-Golf Amateur Tour
Winners from the E-Golf Amateur Tour's combo event with Columbia at Santee National: Championship Flight: David Kane, Brooks Varn. A Flight: Jace Gause, Rich McNamara. B Flight: Casey Collier, Denny Miller. C Flight: Rich Cairns, Ryan O'Leary. D Flight: Ruth Traveer, Dean Teal.
--Tuesday-Wednesday: Mount Pleasant Junior Golf Open, Patriots Point Golf Links, open to boys and girls ages 8-18, age groups 8-12 ($50) and 13-18 ($65), call (843) 849-2385 or info is online at www.townofmountpleasant.com.
--Friday: 10th annual Roy Myers Junior Open, Miler Country Club, open to male and female golfers ages 7-18, call (843) 873-2210 ext. 1 to register.
--June 20-21: Father-Son/Daughter Golf Tournament, Miler Country Club, two-person captain's choice, call (843) 873-2210 ext. 1.
--June 25: Herbie Orvin Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Herbie Orvin Memorial Fund and Timberland High School Athletics, Berkeley Country Club, $60 individual, contact Art Craig, (843) 567-8118 or (843) 312-9627.
--June 26: Knology 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic to benefit MUSC Children's Hospital (rescheduled from June 5), Wescott Plantation, contact Catherine Shubeck at (843) 225-1012 or e-mail Catherine.email@example.com.
-- June 26: Fore Tomato Golf Tournament to benefit Edisto Island Open Land Trust, The Plantation Course at Edisto, $500 per team, contact Leland Vaughn (843) 869-1111.
--June 26: Abby's Friends Charity Tournament to benefit MUSC Children's Hospital Pediatric Endocrinology Department, Juvenile Diabetes Research Department, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and Camp Adam Fisher, contact Kendell Sutterlin at (843) 364-6731 or online at www.abbysfriends.org.
--Aug. 8: Out Drive Diabetes Golf Tournament benefiting Juvenile Diabetes, Shadowmoss Plantation, $60 per player, contact David Belknap at OutDriveDiabetes@yahoo.com.