Abbotsford Rotary hole-in-one event returns

Volunteers Lee Holmberg

Volunteers Lee Holmberg

It’s time again to grip it and rip it on the local links for a good cause.

The 15th annual Abbotsford Rotary Million Dollar Hole-in-One returns to the driving range at Fraserglen Golf Course starting on May 28, with proceeds from the event going towards the Starfish Pack program.

Those interested can drop in to the range anytime from May 28 to June 5 and swing away to try to get the ball closest to the pin, which is located 95 yards away.

Golfers can pay $10 for 12 balls, $20 for 30 balls or $50 for 100 balls. A total of 12 golfers each day will qualify for the final day on June 5. Six golfers who score a hole-in-one or are closest to the pin and six random draws each day will qualify for the main event.

The final day on June 5 sees golfers tee off to a hole 165 yards away, but the prizes are big, with all qualifiers getting three shots to win a new car with a hole-in-one. The top 10 golfers from that group then get one chance to shoot for $100,000 in the semi-finals, with the top three from that group getting a shot at $1 million.

Women and junior golfers can participate for the big money, and also have their own contest. The women hit the range on June 1 and 4, with juniors teeing off on June 4. Prizes will be available on each day in all divisions.

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas will be attendance to kick off the event on May 28.

This year marks the first time that the event is supporting the Starfish Pack program after many years of raising money for Abbotsford Hospice. The Starfish Pack program provides backpacks filled with food for kids, who might otherwise go hungry, to take home on weekends, when school breakfast and lunch programs aren’t available.

Currently, 263 kids in 23 schools receive the backpacks weekly throughout the Abbotsford school district.

“The Starfish Pack program is a really exciting opportunity for us to help support these kids,” said Abbotsford Rotary’s Shirley Wilson. “It’s a great way to support families in our community that are having a difficult time.”

For more information on the event, visit rotarymillion.com.