It's every golfer's dream, but it's the most difficult thing to accomplish.
Most courses offer just four attempts at tempting fate, landing a drive on the green and watching it trickle into the cup for an elusive hole in one. The third annual Brainerd Lakes Area Par 3 Championship July 21 at the Pines Golf Course at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa offers 18 shots at an ace.
One of the most unique two-person, best-ball, gross-net scrambles is once again approaching. As was the case for the first two events, each tee shot will have a lucrative incentive to break into the hole in one club.
This year's top two prizes for a hole in one will be a vehicle, sponsored by Mills Motors, and $50,000 sponsored by The Brainerd Dispatch.
Nine holes will have a $10,000 prize for an ace while seven will have $5,000.
Although this is the third year of the event, no one has yet to claim a big-money prize.
"There has not been a hole in one yet," said Eric Peterson, PGA professional at the Pines and the tournament coordinator. "There have been many close calls, and many stories told, but none went in.
"It's one of the very few times you can have 18 shots at a hole in one. Then you add the big-money prizes and you're bound to get a few good swings at it."
The tournament isn't just about getting a hole in one. The best-ball format also offers a $400 gift certificate for the first-place team and prizes for second- and third-place teams.
Cory Super and John Norris won last year's tournament with a 5-under 49.
"This event is the most fun that we host for participants at the Pines," said Peterson. "A round takes about three hours. The entry (fee) includes a buffet lunch, a gift, awards and a round of golf with cart."
Twelve spots remain open in the tournament, which plays on the Lakes and Woods courses at the Pines in Nisswa.
As a participant in the inaugural event with Peterson as my partner, the fact that it takes just three hours to play is the most enjoyable fact. Throw in the chance to win something big and it's one of the most enjoyable, and potentially highest paying tournaments, in the area for non-professionals. Total prize money is $200,000.
This year the tournament will feature men's and women's tee boxes. From the men's tees the yardage ranges from 120 to 187 yards.
Unlike the first year, when getting it close to the pin was an accomplishment because of the difficult pin placements, the pins will be more friendly this year.
"The pins will be accessible," said Peterson. "They won't be tucked behind bunkers. We got a little too creative the first year, trying to make each hole a good hole, thus making them harder. They will be easier this year."
Proceeds from the tournament go to the Lakes Area Food Shelf and the Newspapers in Education program.
"Newspaper in Education is a program where The Dispatch cooperates with area businesses and provides newspapers to area schools, to use them as teaching tools on area events and to promote good reading habits," Dispatch publisher Terry McCollough said.
"We have many individual subscribers who will donate those papers toward the program. We have a number of businesses that sponsor classrooms that use newspapers as a teaching tool. It think it's in the neighborhood of 60 classrooms that are involved in the program. It's to promote literacy."
Along with a host of hole sponsors, Grand View, The Dispatch and Echo Publishing are the main sponsors.
Registration deadline is July 15, or when the tournament fills. Cost is $190 per player. To register call the Pines' pro shop at (218) 963-0001 or 888-437-4637.
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