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It doesn't get much better than this LPGA player making a hole-in-one at her home course

September 16, 2022
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We often joke about members’ bounces. Caroline Inglis got one of the all-time kicks and rolls on Friday at her home club, Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Oregon—a track she admits to playing nearly every day when she’s at home. That it happened in an LPGA Tour event in front of plenty of family and friends made it all the sweeter.

In the second round of the AmazingCre Portland Classic, Inglis, a 28-year-old Oregon Ducks alum who has only one top-10 finish in her LPGA career, hit her tee shot over water at the par-3 13th on the Macan Course. She watched as her ball hit just onto the front of the green, bounced a couple of times over about 25 feet and then rolled straight into the cup.

“A hole-in-one for the member!” exclaimed Golf Channel announcer Tom Abbott. “That’s got to have a gold star on the hole-in-one board in the clubhouse when you do that in an LPGA event.”

Inglis celebrated by dropping her club and giving high-10s to her caddie and the other players in the group. The microphone picked up her laughing and saying, “I hit that so bad.”

Home-course knowledge aside, it really is remarkable that Inglis made an ace in the event, considering how meaningful the area is to her. She grew up in Eugene, Ore., and attended the University of Oregon in her hometown. Inglis and her husband, Taylor Kopp, now live just across the Columbia River from Columbia Edgewater. And for Thursday and Friday’s rounds, she had numerous people from her family, friends and members following her. Inglis has played twice before in LPGA events on the course since her rookie season of 2017, but missed the cut both times.

“It was so fun to see all of my family and some of the members come out, and good friends,” Inglis told Oregonlive.com on Thursday after she opened with a five-under-par 67. “It’s just fun. Makes it a good atmosphere.”

Inglis started her round on No. 10, so the ace came on her third hole of the day. She ended up shooting two-under 70 in the round and stood in a tie for 10th place.

That's a critical spot for her, because she needs a strong finish in trying to retain her tour card for next season. She entered the week at 120th in the Race for the CME Globe standings with eight events left to play. The top 100 finishers earn priority status for next season and she is 67 points out of 100th place. If she could notch a top-10 finish, she could gain at least 75 points.