Hayasaki comes up aces for Central

Hayasaki comes up aces for Central

SAVOY — Mia Hayasaki didn’t know it at the time, but her hole-in-one Tuesday at the University of Illinois Blue Course carried more significance than simply being her first ace.

Finishing her round on the second hole, the Central freshman holed out from 122 yards with her 7-iron. That gave Hayasaki a 38 for medalist honors in the four-team match against Centennial, Mattoon and Decatur Eisenhower and also gave the Maroons a 2-stroke victory with a team score of 184.

“If she pars the hole, we tie Mattoon, and they would have won in a tiebreaker,” Central coach Larry Becker said. “She didn’t know all that stuff, but it was still critical. It was more dramatic.”

Hayasaki was glad she got her team the win but was equally excited, though, about her first hole-in-one.

“Whenever I hit it, it was going straight for the green, and it was rolling and it went right into the hole,” she said. “I didn’t really realize what happened at first and looked around and the people I was playing with started freaking out and stuff, and I started yelling.

“I was very surprised about it. It was my last hole, so I was just trying to get a birdie. It was very special.”

Centennial finished third behind Lindsey Wisniewski’s 46.