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Watch the Chevron’s low amateur get one of the craziest, luckiest bounces ever

April 21, 2024

Andy Lyons

Any amateur playing in a major is going to remember the experience for the rest of their lives. But Jasmine Koo is going to remember one shot from the Chevron Championship for a very unexpected reason: She got one of the luckiest bounces you’ll ever see on the 72nd hole.

The 18-year-old was one of four amateurs in the field at the Club at Carlton Woods in Texas. She stood over her second shot on the par-5 18th, knowing it was not an ideal yardage for her.

“I was super in between clubs, so I decided to go with a 5-wood, and I chunked it because the ball was above my feet,” Koo explained after the round.

The chunked shot was headed straight for the middle of the pond. But instead of finding the water, it hit the floating Chevron platform sign. The ball, that was destined to live at the bottom of the pond, then bounced forward and back into play, coming to rest on the fringe behind the green.

Koo then got up and down to make birdie and shoot one-under 71. She finished the tournament at three-under to secure low-amateur honors. Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion Lottie Woad was the only other amateur to make the cut, finishing at one-under total, two shots behind Koo.

Koo, the No. 20-ranked amateur, is heading to the University of Southern California in the fall. And now she has a great story to share with all her teammates.