A big, expensive car as the hole-in-one prize. Very common at golf tournaments, and we suspect that car manufacturers don’t mind sponsoring as the “risk” of someone actually claiming the prize is very low. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible though, and a 12-year old girl proved so.
At the recent 40th RSGC Ladies Amateur Open Championship held at the Royal Selangor Golf Club, Natasha Oon scored a hole-in-one to bring home a brand new Volvo XC60 T5 worth RM288,888. She would need some help with that of course, being five years away from getting a driving license.
“I didn’t realise that I scored a hole-in-one. Honestly, I was just trying to do my best,” said the Standard 6 golfer, who pulled off the money shot on the first day of the Championship. The last time this tournament saw a hole-in-one was 15 years ago, so it was no mean feat.
What happened next was rather cute. Oon brought her mum, Yenni Hasnawi, to the Federal Auto-sponsored XC60 and said: “this is the car that you will use to drive me to school every day.”
The Volvo XC60 T5 was launched in June in facelift form. Powered by the new Drive-E engine with 245 hp and 350 Nm (from 1,500 to 4,800 rpm), the Swede SUV does 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds with a top speed of 210 km/h. An Aisin-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox replaces the old car’s six-speed dual-clutch PowerShift unit.
View our launch report for full specs and pics of the refreshed Volvo XC60.