China Golfer Shoots Hole-in-One at 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games

2007-10-08 07:26 1006

SHANGHAI, China, Oct. 8 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Word of the ace spread like wildfire through the fairways at the Shanghai Tianma Country Golf Course at the 2007 World Summer Games. Special Olympics China athlete Haijuan Shao, 30, shot a hole-in-one, every golfer's dream, on the 3-par, 18th hole.

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"I thought it was my lucky day," said Haijuan Shao, who has been playing golf for just one year. "I played as usual and didn't think about it. It came as a great surprise to me and the entire Chinese golf team!"

That shot helped her to score 58, a second place finish for the Division 1, Level 4, Stroke Play, nine-hole event on 6 October.

The entire Special Olympics China team is wearing pink shirts because, in China, pink signifies good luck. Today, it was Haijuan Shao's skill that was on display with what may well be the best shot of the tournament, and certainly the rarest. But, don't expect them to give up their lucky pink shirts any time soon.

Source: Special Olympics International