This past weekend was the Hay River Golf Club’s first annual $10,000 Shootout.
Seventy-four golfers had the opportunity to play 36 holes over a two day span in hopes of getting a hole in one.
The tournament was played in a two-person best ball format, and each hole had a $10,000 hole in one prize.
The course was altered so that each hole was a par three, making the hole-in-one goal achievable on the tougher holes.
“All the holes were 145 to 185 yards,” said Jeff Brockway, manager of the course.
Although no hole in one was made, 18 separate prizes were given to those who made it close; the closest being only 15 inches from the pin.
Ron Dumas and Rick Nault finished on top with the lowest score, and Randy and Rob Zdebiak were close behind in second. Gary Stoby and Dave MacDonald finished in third.
“Overall it was a good weekend,” said Brockway. “The golfers all seemed to have fun. The cold weather on Sunday didn’t dampen any spirits.”
Brockway noted that this event would not have been possible without the 26 local business and organization sponsors who put forward the insurance for the hole in one prize and the 18 smaller prizes.
He also noted that there are definite plans to run the event again next year.
“I even named it the first annual shootout,” he said, “so we definitely plan on running it again next year.”
The golf course is holding their wrap-up event on Sept. 18. The evening will include dinner and a comedian.
For more information contact the golf course at 874-6290.