Sam Cayias, a 35-year-old sales respresentative, didn't believe it when it went into the hole - until everyone in his fivesome and a small group around the green at the Willow Country Club's 16th hole began jumping and high-fiving after the amateur recorded a $50,000 hole-in-one Thursday during the Utah Open Pro-Am.
Cayias had never made a hole-in-one, and he wasn't sure his 6-iron shot on the 185-yard downhill hole had disappeared into the cup - until the witnesses joined him on the green to retrieve his Titlist from the cup."I didn't see it at the end. It just kind of disappeared and I wasn't sure it went in," he said. But everyone else saw it go right in the hole. It's the greatest moment of my life. I'm still numb. I just can't believe it."
Earlier in the week, Dean Pierose won a Humvee vehicle worth $60,000 for his hole-in-one at the No. 11 hole.
Cayias, who has been playing golf for 15 years, earned $25,000 for himself and $25,000 for the Shriners Hospital for Children-Intermountain for his ace.
The winner of this week's $150,000 Utah Open Players Championship receives $27,000. The tournament began Friday morning and runs through Sunday.
Defending champion Kirk Bowler fired an even-par 72 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the UGA Mid-Amateur at South Mountain Golf Course in Draper. Jeff Jolley and Tom Hogan both shot 73, followed by David Booth at 74.