Racer Golfer Weaver Aces Same Hole in Two Days
By MSU Media Relations
WEST POINT, MS - Murray State’s Alli Weaver lived a golfer’s dream Monday at the Mississippi State Intercollegiate when she made a hole-in-one on the same hole a day after she had made her first one at Ole Waverly Golf Club in West Point, MS.
During Sunday’s practice round with her MSU teammates, Weaver, a senior from Lititz, PA, aced the par-3 17th hole with a 4-hybrid from 157 yards. She came to the same hole Monday and made another hole-in-one with the same club from 154 yards.
“I was actually in shock today when it went in,” Weaver said. “On Sunday, I didn’t see the first one, but today you could see the hole from the tee box. It hit about seven feet from the hole and went in! My teammate Delaney ran up to me and Coach Milkman was excited too.”
Up until Sunday, Weaver had never had a hole-in-one in her career. So what will she be thinking today when she comes to the 17th for a chance at a third straight ace?
“I’m going to try and not think about it,” she said with a laugh. “My odds were small today and even smaller tomorrow.”
Head coach Velvet Milkman said Weaver’s ace is the first in the history of the women’s golf program at Murray State during a competition. The MSU women’s golf program is in its 20th season.
“Alexandra Lennartsson had our last hole in one at Georgia State last spring, but that was in a practice round,” Milkman said. “We’ve had several at our home course, Miller Memorial, and at other places, but this is the first during a tournament.”
As a team, the Racers put together a splendid round of 302 that earned a spot in fifth place in a deep field of 11 teams. The Racers trailed host Mississippi State (297) who was in fourth place and third place Kentucky (294). Tulane (290) set the pace in first place ahead of second place Arkansas (294). Murray State led sixth place Southern Mississippi and South Florida who each carded a 307.
Delaney Howson led MSU in round one with an even par 72 for a spot in fifth place in the field of 57 players, while Alexandra Lennartsson was in 11th place with a 74. Abbi Stamper fired a 76 and was in 27thplace. With her hole-in-one, Weaver carded an 80 and was in 43rdplace. Sophie Hillier had an 84 and was in 55th place.
The rest of the field at Old Waverly was rounded out by Memphis (308) in eighth place, with Kennesaw State and Cincinnati at 309. South Alabama (328) was in 11th place.
Gina Nuzzo is playing as an individual for the Racers in the event and was in 61st place with a 90.
Tulane’s Gemma Dryburgh was the leader with a 69.
The Racers’ second round will begin at 8:30 am this morning and they’ll be paired with Mississippi State and Southern Miss.
The Old Waverly course is playing 6,199 yards and at a par of 72.