August 27, 2012
11-Year-Old Jungolf Comeback Kid Hits 5th Hole-In-One
After a three-year break from playing competitive junior golf, Ashia Marie S. Nocum hit her 5th hole-in-one during a an International Container Terminal Services Inc-Junior Golf Association of the Philippines’ tournament at the Valley Golf and Country Club in Antipolo, Rizal last August 26.
The 11-year-old jungolfer, who made a her first ace in a junior golf world tournament in the US at age six, used an eight-iron to ace the 110-yard 12th hole in Valley Golf during the second-leg of ICTSI-JGAP’s Inter-School Tournament for Girls.
“I did not see the ball go in, I was only being careful not to hit the big water hazard between me and the hole. I thought the ball disappeared in the green; I only realized it was another ace when my fellow players, their parents and caddies erupted in loud cheers. I was dumb-founded,” said the Grade 6 student of the school of the Holy Spirit in Quezon City.
Ashia's 5th hole in one was witnessed by fellow junior golfers Sam Bruce, Mika Fortuna, Sophia Blanco, their parents and caddies. Two Valley Golf marshals confirmed it was an ace and promised to give Nocum a trophy.
Nocum’s first ace occurred during the July 16 practice round of the 2007 Callaway Junior World Golf Championships in Colina Golf Park Course in San Diego, California. Nocum landed 5th place in the world tournament.
The second ace happened at the Hole No. 9 of the Riviera Golf and Country Club Executive Course on February 3, 2008. Nocum was then playing a practice round of the Champions for the Future golf tournament.
On March 9, 2008, Nocum aced Riviera’s Hole No. 4 in a Champions for the Future golf tournament.
Nocum hit her 4th hole in one on April 17, 2009 during a practice round for the qualifying tournament of the 2009 Callaway Junior Golf World Championships at the Legends Hole No. 7 of the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club in Cavite.
Nocum is the daughter of former Inquirer reporter and now Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (Kris) founder Armand Dean Nocum and wife Annora Sahi Nocum, a Christian and Muslim, respectively.
Although Ashia won the US Kids Golf tournament in 2009, thus gaining the chance to represent the Philippines in US Kids World Championship and the US Teens Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina, her parents decided to make her stop from playing competitive golf. Ashia’s parents then noted that although she had the skill, Ashia lacked the maturity and focus necessary in the game as she often threw tantrums and messed up her game following bad shots or due to bad mood swings.
“The unbelievable 5th ace is just a bonus, the real hole in one is Ashia’s maturity and focus in the game. This time Ashia is definitely back in the game,” said Armand Nocum of his daughter who returned to competitive golf just recently.
Although she stopped playing in competitive junior golf tournaments the past years, Ashia had helped the Kris Library (www.krislibrary.com) literacy advocacy by doing ceremonial tee-offs for Kris partner organizations that were raising funds to educate and treat cancer-stricken kids. These included Diether Ocampo’s KIDS Foundation, Arnold Clavio’s Igan Foundation, and the US-based Project PEARLS.
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Jungolfer Tees Off for Cancer-Stricken Kids. Ashia Marie Nocum, who hit her 5th hole in one during the Junior Golf Association of the Philippines’ inter-school tournament yesterday, does ceremonial tee offs for actor Diether Ocampo’s KIDS Foundation to raise funds for cancer-stricken kids and to educate 233 Christian-Muslim scholars being helped by the Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (www.krislibrary.com) in Luzon and Mindanao.