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The person who scores a hole-in-old shot on Chiefland Golf and Country Club’s No. 5 hole during their first round of play in this weekend’s Rye Grass Tournament won’t need a ride home.
In fact, they could need a friend to drive their old vehicle home as the winning shot carries a prize of a new Chevrolet Impala donated by Scoggins Chevrolet Buick and Drummond Community Bank.
It’s among $30,000 in prizes offered at the tournament which is an annual fund raiser to pay for the seed used in keeping the course green in winter.
So how difficult is it to make a hole-in-one? It’s such an achievement the Professional Golf Association has a page for registering and verifying it for their record books.
Club General Manager Dick Tummond says four people have made a hole in one on the Chiefland golf course since Aug. 17. Tummond said this weekend’s offer of a car for a hole in one on No. 5 is looking good. For a man to qualify, he must hit the ball off the white tee at 184 yards. For the women, they have to hit off the tee for 169 yards.
But the club is currently celebrating four people making holes-in-one since Aug. 17.
Mike Harris was the first on hole No. 15, a par 3 hold that is 155 yards.
Larry Allison was next on Aug. 29 on hole No. 8. anther par 3 at 169 yards.
Next day, Dave Mitchell repeated the feat on No. 8.
Then there was a little break in the hole-in-one frenzy.
Until Sept. 26 when Patrick Allen, who says he has played the game “seven, maybe 8 times in my life” smacked one in on No. 15 during the Log-A-Load-for_Kids annual tournament. He was also playing with a set of borrowed clubs on a team with his boss, Tim Bowen, CEO of Haven Hospice and Michael Morris, vice president of development for Haven. Allen, former administrator of Haven’s Chiefland care facility is director of access.
His intial reaction: “It was kind of one of those deals where you say I know that ball did not go in there. The ball went. It was a perfect shot. It hit perfectly and rolled right toward the cup. Tim and Michael were jumping up and down. They couldn’t believe it.
“I was like I know that did not just happen.”
Allen said the first person he told about the feat was in a text to his wife Natasha Munkittrick Allen, who does golf and organizes the annual Swinging for the Cure Golf Tournament at the Chiefland club..
“She kinda laughed and thought I was joking with her.”
Allen said his shot “was 99.9 percent luck. I’m not sure they’re not all a little bit of luck.”
He said the tournament photographer captured a photo of the moment he hit the shot.
But Allen’s luck ran out almost immediately. “It was a prize hole and you had to put $5 in,” Allen said. “I had spent all of my money on mulligans and raffle tickets and didn’t have $5 to put in the pot.”
The result, no prize.
But his team did win trophies and prizes for having the low net score.
Of course, Allen’s son Hunter is not do impressed with the hole-in-one. But maybe once dad has it verified to the PGA and he see’s dad’s name on their website with Tiger Woods who scored his first at