PARADISE ISLANDS, Bahamas – Ha Na Jang bowed down and kissed the ground – “Korean-style” – before she picked her ball out of the hole on the par-4 eighth. Jang recorded the first albatross on a par 4 in LPGA history on Saturday at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Couldn’t have picked a more beautiful spot to do it.
“Oh my gosh!” said a beaming Jang. “It’s amazing! Impossible!”
Jang, 23, hit a 3-wood from 218 yards. The ball landed 3 yards short of the hole and rolled in. Her instructor, Kevin Kim, was standing up by the green and said it looked like someone rolled the ball into the hole by hand.
“Better than my putter,” Jang quipped. “Thanks.”
Jang’s caddie, Graeme Courts, yelled “Go in” after she struck her tee shot, which he admits is a strange thing to say on a par 4.
“This is my 28th year and I’d thought I’d seen it all,” he said.
This marks Jang’s second albatross, her first coming in 2012 on a par 5 during a training camp in Vietnam. She’s had six aces, with four coming last year during non-tournament rounds.
“I wanted a car,” said Jang, who got her license last year but no wheels.
Funny, those prizes are generally reserved for par 3s.