Lerma cards historic ace in Princeville

  • Courtesy of Princeville Makai Golf Club

    Gary Knighton helps Amy Lerma of Mesa, Arizona with the 16th Green flag that Lerma received following her Hole in One on Oct. 14 at the Princeville Makai Golf Club.

PRINCEVILLE — Amy Lerma of Mesa, Arizona carded her first ever hole in one on Oct. 14 at the 16th hole at the Princeville Makai Golf Club.

Gary Knighton watched the young lady accomplish her feat on the 127-yard hole using a Taylormade TP5X No. 8 iron from the Ka‘upu, or forward tee box.

“Feathered in a 3-finger 8 iron held it slightly against the wind to roll right into the cup,” Lerma said. “I shared this with my better half Gary as we ran screaming to the green to find my dimpled dumpling right in the bottom of the cup. Kaua‘i is where I learned to love golf, so to get a hole in one here is icing on the cake.”

Lerma has been golfing for 10 years.

“This is a beautiful course with amazing views, and everyone has so much aloha,” Lerma said.

The traditional pennant from the No. 16 was presented to the Arizona couple by Dave Stevens, the golf operations manager at the Princeville Makai Golf Club.

“We are back up and running at the Princeville Makai Golf Club,” Stevens said.

“We have been extremely busy once again. (Giving) the pennant of the hole that Lerma aced is the tradition here at the Princeville Makai.”

The Princeville Makai has been rated the “Top 5 Most Scenic Golf Course in the World” by National Geographic Traveler, and No. 4 of the Best Courses You Can Play in Hawai‘i in 2019 by Golfweek.

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