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July 8, 2013

$1 million prize

Hole-in-one tourney will benefit CASA

ASHLAND — With the possibility of winning $1 million, organizers are convinced an unusual golf competition sponsored by Court Appointed Special Advocates of Boyd County will draw many competitors and raise lots of money for the agency in which trained volunteers serve as advocates for children in the Boyd County court system.

Unlike most golf tournaments that raise money for area nonprofits, the CASA Hole-In-One Event will not feature teams of four who enter a tournament in hopes of winning a prize for having one of the best scores. Instead, the golfers in the three-day CASA event will shoot for a hole-in-one at the same hole. If an individual advances to the finals and hits a hole-in-one, he or she will win $1 million.

The event will begin with qualifying rounds at the Boyd County Fairgrounds between 5 and 9 p.m. July 25 and 26. It will end with the finals between 1 and 9 p.m. July 27 at Sandy Creek Golf Course on Meade Springer Road. There, all finalists will shoot for a hole-in-one on the same hole and only the finalists will be playing for the $1 million top prize.

“We think this will be popular because it’s a competition for individuals,” said Norma Meek, a CASA board member who thought up the idea for the event. “You don’t have to be part of a team, and how many times you get to try for a hole-in-one will depend on how many balls you are willing to buy.”

For $5, golfers in the preliminary rounds, which will be during the Boyd County Fair, will be able to purchase six balls, but $10 will purchase 16 chances for a hole-in-one. Getting a hole-in-one at the fairgrounds will not win $1 million, but it will get competitors into the finals at Sandy Creek, where the top prize is $1 million.

Event organizers have purchased insurance to cover the $1 million prize if someone hits a hole-in-one at the golf course. Thus, there is no chance of the entire proceeds from the event being lost by someone hitting a hole-in-one.

“Not only do we think this event will attract a lot of competitors, but we also think it will draw a lot a spectators as people watch to see how close someone comes to a hole-in-one,” Meek said.

The hole constructed at the fairgrounds will be mowed and manicured to look like a regular golf green “but it will basically be in the middle of a cow pasture, and we suspect there could be some interesting bounces and sudden turns as the balls roll toward the hole,” Meek said. “I think that will add to the fun of the event.”

However, when the competition moves to Sandy Creek, the competition will be a bit more intense as the golfers compete for the “biggest prize of their lives,” Meek said. “Knowing you are shooting to a million dollars greatly adds to the pressure.”

In the unlikely event more than one golfer scores a hole-in-one, the $1 million top prize will be divided among those who ace the hole.

The distance to the hole will be less from women and children than for men, and while those younger than 18 will not be able to compete for the $1 million, younger golfers are encouraged to play, Meek said. All golfers will be eligible for smaller prizes awarded at each hole.

“We want to make this a family event with golfers of all ages trying for a hole-in-one,” Meek said. “If they get a hole-in-one at the fairgrounds, they won’t win $1 million, but they will get a nice prize and a chance to compete at Sandy Creek.”

Don Hall Chevrolet has signed on as the primary sponsor of the event, and Meek says she hopes many businesses and even some individuals, will spend $99 to be co-sponsors. The $99 gives businesses and individuals 25 tickets for buckets of six balls each they can give to customers and friends.  

Carol Adams, executive director for CASA of Boyd County, thinks the hole-in-one event will be a real winner because there is no other event similar to it in the region.

“It is something that is new and different, and I am so thankful to Norma for coming up with the idea. I think it is good one. Plus, it gives people another reason to go to the Boyd County Fair.”

CASA volunteers are assigned as advocates for children involved in court cases. Often they are custody cases, but CASA volunteers also advocate for children in other types of cases, Adams said.

“I would not be doing this if it were not to help CASA,” said Meek, a longtime educator in the Boyd County School District. “I have seen firsthand how important these CASA volunteers are in being a voice for the kids in court. That’s what this is all about.”

JOHN CANNON can be reached at jcannon@dailyindependent.com or at (606) 326-2649.

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