Golfer hits hole in one at OVI tournament

Karley Whittington poses after hitting her first hole-in-one. The shot was witnessed by her partner Jamie Barker during the first day of the Ouachita Valley Invitational. (Contributed photo)
Karley Whittington poses after hitting her first hole-in-one. The shot was witnessed by her partner Jamie Barker during the first day of the Ouachita Valley Invitational. (Contributed photo)

A local golfer hit her first hole-in-one during an annual invitational.

Karley Whittington of El Dorado used a five-iron to sink a hole-in-one from 179 yards away during the first day of the Ouachita Valley Invitational at the Camden Country Club Golf Course. The shot occurred on Hold #9.

"Well my partner was the first one to react," Whittington said while laughing. "I figured it had gone in but I didnt want to react and it had not gone in but I was very excited. It was my first one ever."

The Mississippi native said that she began playing golf when she was about six years old and even played on the collegiate level at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Whittington stated that she and her partner Jamie Barker won the OVI last year and were back in an attempt to defend their title. The invitational is serving as a family affair for Whittington as she and Barker are playing the course along with her fiance Gage Parker and her father-in-law Denny Parker.

The OVI is a two person, 4-ball scramble. It began with a shootout on Friday night before tournament play began on Saturday. Competition is steep as more than 40 teams are participating this year with some coming from as far away as Oklahoma.