Rotary Club gives Abbotsford a million reasons to golf

Abbotsford Rotary Club president Lenora McQueen makes sure the ball is in position as MLA John van Dongen gets ready to try his luck at the opening of the $1

Abbotsford Rotary Club president Lenora McQueen makes sure the ball is in position as MLA John van Dongen gets ready to try his luck at the opening of the $1

After a three-year absence, the Rotary Club of Abbotsford is bringing back its popular Million Dollar Hole in One contest.

A good cause is the impetus. Rotary has committed to raise funds for the Campus of Care project being constructed next to Abbotsford Regional Hospital. The project includes the Abbotsford Hospice Society, the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, and Matthew’s House, a respite facility for children with severe disabilities.

“It’s a lot of work to put together, but it’s well worth it for this cause,” said local Rotarian Barry Champion. “We’ve found that this event was always a reliable one for raising the money.”

Over the course of 10 previous editions of the Million Dollar Hole in One contest, more than $300,000 was raised for causes including the Abbotsford Hospice and the children’s ward at ARH.

This year’s event tees off Saturday, June 4 at Fraserglen Golf Course and runs until Sunday the 11th.

The Million Dollar Hole in One event is open to golfers of all ages. A dollar gives you one chance to hit a ball (you can purchase more at a discount) at a pin 95 yards away.

The top seven golfers who come closest to the pin each day win a spot in the quarter-final round on Sunday, June 11, plus a prize from a daily pool worth thousands of dollars. Five additional quarter-finalists will be randomly drawn each day.

Each of the 108 qualifiers will have three shots at a pin approximately 160 yards away. If their ball finds the hole, they win a vehicle.

The top 10 golfers from the quarters move on to the semis, where they get one chance to hole out for $100,000. The three closest to the pin move on to the finals, where they get one shot at $1 million.

For more information, visit www.rotarymillion.com.

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