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Golfers compete in Legion’s Hole in One Contest

February 27, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

Sixteen golfers had already taken a chance at making a hole in one before 11 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion during the auxiliary's Hole In One Contest that raises money to help veterans on Pine Island.

Art Kling, who is from Pennsylvania, decided to make a trip to the American Legion Saturday morning to see if he could win the contest by putting a ball in the hole.

"It's quite fun," he said after he hit six golf balls. "I wanted to stop and do this."

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Art Kling hit six golf balls Saturday morning at the American Legion to try and make a hole in one across the pond during the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 136 Hole in One Contest.

One by one individuals purchased golf balls for $5 apiece and $1 for each additional ball before they stood at the designated spot in front of the pond.

Charlie Anderson also participated in the contest for the first time this year. Although he did not do as well as he wished, he said he still had a good time.

Anderson said the balls ended up going to the right with some flag high.

"It will take a little time to get it at the pin," he said.

Anderson said the contest is one of the hardest shots in golf because it is a 50 to 60-yard pitch shot that only requires a half swing.

"You have to really judge it," he said. "One of the hardest shots."

Anderson said the contest was a good little tournament for a good cause.

The last tee off took place at 4:45 p.m. Saturday.

The winners of the outing were Rick Halcomb, Butch Waring, Tommy Buckles and Richard Dickman.

Adrienne Bartell, event chair, said the vendors and volunteers help make the event happen every year.

"It's a good cause and a fun day," she said. "It was a great day and I want to thank all those who came out and enjoyed the fun in support of our veterans."

In addition to the hole in one, the event also featured a raffle and a 50/50 drawing.

Big John and Smalltown provided the entertainment for the event.



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