This past weekend, Italian golfer Marco Leoni made the shot of a lifetime – and he got to drive home in a brand new Porsche as a result.
It all came together for Leoni on the final hole of the Porsche Golf Cup World Final, held in Spain at the Canyamel golf course.
Lining up his shot from the tee, Leoni selected a hybrid 4 fairway wood, and made his swing. According to him, he couldn't see exactly where his ball landed. When the crowd started cheering is when he realised that he had fulfilled the dream of many a golfer – he'd gotten a hole in one.
That's an impressive accomplishment in and of itself, but things got even better for Leoni. In addition to achieving something most golfers only dream of, he won a very special prize for his feat.
As part of the tournament, Porsche had a special prize up for grabs for participants in the tournament. A hole in one on the 18th hole would be rewarded with a brand new, bright yellow Porsche 911 Carrera S.
Porsche has been hosting this amateur golf tournament for Porsche customers for the past six years. This is the first time that anyone has won a car thanks to a hole in one.
The Porsche Golf Cup World Final is the culmination of 261 qualifying rounds, where 17,647 players are whittled down to just the 80 that participate in the final round.
While Leoni didn't win the tournament, he worked very hard to get there in the first place. We'd have to say that his performance on the final hole of the final round is a memory he'll never forget – especially as he slides behind the wheel of his brand new, bright yellow Porsche 911 Carrera S. We'd rather have that than some silly trophy, anyways.
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Hole in one! Italian Leoni jubilant over new Porsche 911 Carrera S
A dream shot to a dream car – the Italian Marco Leoni played himself into the Porsche Golf Cup history books on the last hole of the World Final.
For the first time in six years, a hole in one was hit at the highlight event of the exclusive amateur tournament series for customers – and on the Canyamel course’s 18th hole of all places where a yellow Porsche 911 Carrera S was up for grabs as the prize for the feat. Leoni used a 4 hybrid to strike his ball uphill and into the hole 160 meters away.
“The swing felt good, but I didn’t see where the ball landed,” remembered Leoni. “It was only on hearing the spectators’ reaction did I realize that the ball was in the hole.” The member of the Monticello Golf Club, which is not far from Lake Como, was given a standing ovation at the victory ceremony in the evening. “It’s crazy,” said the 56-year old. “I’m so proud, and I’d like to thank Porsche for organizing such a fantastic tournament.”
It was the crowning glory of a spectacular Porsche Golf Cup that set records even before the start of the World Final. The 80 finalists from 20 markets were left remaining from the initial 17,647 players that competed at the 261 qualifying tournaments. Both figures are all-time highs.
The World Final took place for the sixth time in Mallorca. Played over two Stableford rounds in windy conditions at the Club de Golf Alcanada and, for the first time, at the Canyamel Golf complex from 6 to 9 May, the golfers competed for the World Trophy for teams and in the individual events (gross and 3 net classes). Team South Korea triumphed in the 2018 Golf Cup season’s World Trophy when finishing well ahead of Team China and Team Porsche Taiwan Motors.