12-year-old boy scores car he can't yet drive with hole-in-one
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12-year-old boy scores car he can’t yet drive with hole-in-one

Jakkarin Jitmaneekan made his first hole-in-one on Friday, and he won a car.

The problem? He's 12.

The Thai pre-teen made the ace on the 165-yard, par-3 second at the Melati Course at the Palm Resort Golf & Country Club in Johor, Malaysia, during the 2015 Kids Golf World Championship. For the hole-out, he earned a Great Wall Haval M4 automatic SUV.

Well, at least Jakkarin's parents can use the car.

Altogether, some 300 junior golfers from 25 countries competed in the event, divided by age and gender. Jakkarin, who was playing on the Boys' 12-year-old division, finished in seventh place among 25 players. His 36-over total for 54 holes left him 29 shots behind winner South African Casey Jarvis.

Nevertheless, it was a great week for Jakkarin, who has been playing golf since the age of 6. He got a taste of pro success, which he hopes is in his future.

"I am so excited with my performance," he told Phuket News, "and want to be a pro golfer when I grow up."