Assistant pro wins $25K for hole-in-one


It didn't win him a car. And it wasn't the 15th of his career. It was only his first - but it did net him $25,000.

Michael Asbell, assistant pro at the Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind., made his first competitive hole-in-one during the second round of the National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship on Friday. 

Asbell jarred a 3-iron from 205 yards on the par-3 17th of the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

“My ball striking was a little off today, so I smoothed out my tempo on that shot and it never left the pin,” he said. “My brother is here this week, and my dad was up at the green and watched it go in the hole. That makes it more special than anything, that they were able to witness that moment.”

Asbell finished with a second-round 71 and is 3 under through 36 holes. This is the second year in a row a participant has made an ace for $25K; Logan Watts from Louisville Country Club did it last year.