July 05, 2017 11:12 PM
Hibbing, Minn. - Following its first year, organizers say the Access North Million Dollar Shootout was a success, even though no millionaires were named. In the second year, the million dollar offer still stands for any golfer who can make a hole-in-one as part of the event.
It is definitely harder than it looks. Acing a hole under pressure of the competition. But a number of golfers had their shot at becoming a millionaire at the first annual Million Dollar Shootout at the Mesaba Country Club in Hibbing last August and they'll get another opportunity come September 9th.
"Everybody was so excited about the prizes and the event and it just went so well. it was fun to see the excitement of the players and how much fun they all had," says Don Brunette, the Executive Director of Access North.
The basic idea is that it is a five dollar entry fee and the object is to land on the green. The men shoot from 150 yards and the women 135. Anyone throughout the year can qualify for the shootout at the course and you don't have to be a member of the club. The top five closest qualify and will get a chance at the big money shot in September.
More than a chance to win money, the event raises funds for Access North that go to subsidize home accessibility ramps and home modifications.
"When seniors, veterans and people with disabilities need to be able to enter their homes, we build home access ramps. Since we've been doing the home access program, we've built over 1,200 ramps to help people get into their homes. There's a lot of things people need to improve accessibility like widened doorways and grab bars, so we help people that need financial support or to get this equipment or to help make and get these ramps," says Brunette.
It only takes one opportunity for a big payout and it's something organizers would love to see.
"How exciting would that be to see somebody drop that million dollar hole-in-one shot," says Brunette.
Created: July 05, 2017 11:12 PM
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