Ellie Givens hits first hole-in-one

The Northern Echo: Just ace: Ellie Givens was celebrating at the fifth in Queensland Just ace: Ellie Givens was celebrating at the fifth in Queensland

DARLINGTON’S Ellie Givens hit the first hole-in-one of her 18 years playing golf this morning - and she chose the perfect platform to deliver.

After back to back bogeys at the first and second, Givens aced the 160-yard Par 3 fifth hole in style to climb back to level par at the Volvik RACV Australian Ladies Masters.

Her brilliance has given her a chance of making the cut for the second weekend in a row on the Ladies European Tour after finishing a respectable tied 33rd at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open last week.

Givens did double bogey the tenth today but finished one over - six shots off the lead - by making birdie at the 18th to post a one-over 74.

Givens Tweeted this morning: "Had my first ever hole in one today at the RACV Volvik Ladies Australian Masters - about time, it’s taken 18 years!”

American duo Jessica Korda and Katie Burnett are the overnight leaders in Queensland on five under.

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