$1 million up for grabs in hole-in-one challenge

Annual Rotary Club event raises money for the Abbotsford Hospice Society's Holmberg House

Want to be a millionaire?

You can strike it rich at the Rotary Club of Abbotsford’s Million Dollar Hole in One contest from May 30 to June 7 this year.

The annual charity event at Fraserglen Golf Course is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year and while it has been running for the past 15 years, no one has yet claimed the top prize.

“Holes in one happen every day during qualifying rounds, but nobody has hit one on the final day,” said Sara Lawson, a Rotarian and event organizer.

That’s because there are 95 yards between the tee and the pin during the first eight days and 165 yards in the final round on the ninth day.

During qualifying days, golfers can spend $10 for 12 balls, $20 for 30 balls, or $50 for 100 balls.

You can also enter to win 100 balls, plus an hour of coaching time with professional golfer James Lepp through a contest sponsored by the Abbotsford News. Visit abbynews.com/contests for details.

There are daily prizes for scoreboard leaders, such as weekend getaways and a package to the Abbotsford International Airshow, that anyone can win.

The top seven players who come closest to the hole receive prizes and advance to the final round. And even if you’re not a skilled golfer, you can still proceed if you have luck on your side and are one of the five players selected during a random draw.

There is also a junior day, ladies day, and Rotary day, to encourage a range of participants. Close to 500 participants come try it out every year.

“You don’t have to be a golfer to do this,” said Lawson, noting the challenge is also a great team building exercise for businesses and other organizations.

The majority of proceeds raised this year will benefit Abbotsford Hospice Society’s Holmberg House.

“Some funds will also be set aside for other charities too,” said Lawson.

For more information about the event visit rotarymillion.com.