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Hole-in-one contest generates Rotary green

February 25th, 2019 development
Hole-in-one contest generates Rotary green

By Colleen Sparks

Managing Editor


It is almost that time of year again when people can take a swing on a scenic, local golf course, generate some laughs and help raise some green for community causes.

People will also have the opportunity to win $100,000 if they make a hole-in-one at the Chandler Horizon Rotary Hole in one Contest on March 3 at San Marcos Golf Resort, 100 N. Dakota St. People can take qualifying shots from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 16-18, 22-24 and March 1-2 at the same golf resort.

The shootout for the semifinals, Women’s Shootout finals and overall finals starts at 1 p.m. on March 3. Participants pay $1 per shot in the qualifying events.

The money raised will go to a community cause, but the exact cause has not yet been determined.

The Chandler Horizon Rotary Foundation, with input from the general membership of the Chandler Horizon Rotary Club, will decide which organization will benefit from the hole-in-one fundraisers, said Ron Stevens, member of the Chandler Horizon Rotary Club and golf committee member.

Local charitable causes the hole-in-one contest has helped in the past include Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona, Clothes Cabin, a program that is part of Chandler nonprofit One Small Step; the Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA, ICAN, AZCEND, the Chandler CARE Center and the Chandler Police Department Victim Services Unit.

The Chandler Horizon Rotary Club has given away $680,000 to organizations using the proceeds from the hole-in-one contest.

“While we support the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs and Junior Achievement that have very large budgets, we are more focused on smaller, local charities in our community and neighboring communities that don’t have the budget,” Stevens said. “It makes you feel good when you can help somebody like that.”

This is the 26th year for the Rotary Club’s hole-in-one competition and participants will have a chance to win a variety of cash and other prizes.

Golfers who make a hole-in-one or, if no one gets a hole-in-one, get the ball closest to the pin on a particular qualifying day get to advance to the finals on March 3.

“There have been as many as four holes in one in one day,” Stevens said. “Good golfers, somebody could come out and hit 200 or 300 balls in one day. Your heart needs to be in the right place to do this.”

Qualifying prizes will be given out, hopefully worth more than $14,000, he said. Restaurant and golf store certificates are among the many prizes that have been given in the past and 56 prizes will be given over the qualifying days.

At the main event on March 3, the person who scores a hole-in-one will win $100,000 – which has not happened in the past 25 years, but “we hope this is the year,” Stevens said.

If no one gets a hole-in-one, the participant who gets closest to the pin will receive $5,000. Second-place or the second closest to the pin will earn $2,500, and the third closest golfer will get $1,000.

A separate shoot-out for women only will reward the woman who scores a hole-in-one $20,000 on March 3.

If no woman makes a hole-in-one on the final day, the one who hits the ball closest to the pin will receive $500. Women can also get a chance to take part simultaneously in the overall hole-in-one final competition and win more than one cash prize.

In the March 3 overall shootout, 20 shooters will compete, aiming for a hole 150 yards away. The distance for the women’s-only shootout on March 3 is 135 yards.

Stevens enjoys volunteering at the hole-in-one shootout every year. He has been helping with it since the start.

“We needed something to do and this occurred to us a long time ago that this would be a fun thing to do,” Stevens said. “I see people that I’ve been seeing for 25 years that I see once a year. To me, it really is family, people that I enjoy. There’s a kinship there.”

People can just show up at the qualifiers or register ahead of time at rotaryhio.org.

Anyone who would like to be a sponsor for the hole-in-one fundraiser may contact the Chandler Horizon Rotary Club at golf@chandlerhorizonrotary.org.