Golfer Cyd Okino Drains Two Aces, And She's Only Eight Years Old! - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

February 4, 2002

Golfer Cyd Okino Drains Two Aces, And She's Only Eight Years Old!

It's hard enough to make one hole in one on the golf course. The odds are more than 8000 to one. But Cyd Okino's beaten those odds, twice. And she's just 8 year's old.

Cyd Okino drained her first hole in one last summer.

"It was at Hickam par 3 golf course and it was on the first hole, 75 yards. I didn't know it was actually going to go in, it was like luck," she says.

And amazingly enough, the third grader did it again, two weeks ago. This time at the Hawaii Kai golf course. She hit a 6 iron on the 7th hole from 110 yards out.

Cyd says she "was crying on my second one though. I was happy. I was crying because my uncle was embarrassing me."

Cyd's only been playing this game for a couple of years. And the amazing thing is some people who have been playing for decades don't have a single ace to their name.

Casey Nakama, Cyd's teacher and PGA pro, has been playing for 26 years.

He says Cyd's accomplishment is, "Absolutely amazing. I don't have a hole in one yet. Not even a practice shot went in."

"My dad played for 25 years without even one," said Cyd.

"I got mad at first because she beat me to it, but I was proud of her afterwards," said her father.

There's an unwritten rule in golf when someone sinks a hole in one. That person has to buy drinks for everyone.

Cyd says, "My second hole in one, we went to dinner at Kobe steak House.

"Did you pay?" News 8 asked Cyd.


"Why not, that's the rules?"

"Ha, ha, ha," the third grader just laughed.

"Good she made it when there wasn't that much people around so it didn't cost much," said her dad.

Nakama also teaches 12 year-old golf phenom, Michelle Wie. And according to Nakama, Cyd might right now be ahead of where Wie was at when she was 8.

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