While the Longhorn Village Project was the real winner of the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Charity Golf Tournament, a Valley-area golfer came within inches of pocketing $50,000.
The chance to scoop up the prize money occurred on a predesigned hole where an ace would have given the golfer the wad of cash.
Habitat for Humanity board member Ric Hinke was the steward on the hole, and describes the attempt this way: “The ball sailed toward the hole, hit and then rolled to within a few inches of the hole and back, I thought it had a chance (to be a hole in one).”
Officially, the golfer’s shot landed three inches from the hole. Local investment specialist Ross Hage of Edward Jones, who is also on the Habitat for Humanity board, had purchased the insurance to cover the $50,000 prize money.
While the golfer came up just short of collecting the prize money, PAHH was able to reap $12,000 in tournament proceeds.
“We did well, we were thinking maybe we’d earn about $5,000,” said Hage.
“The money will be used toward the third and final phase of the Longhorn Village project.”
The husband and wife team of Ivon and Lois English drove, pitched and putted their way to the championship of the tournament, which was played June 27 at Chaparral Pines.
The pair is also on the PAHH board of directors.
Hage is sure the charity event was an overwhelming success.
“I can safely say everyone had a blast,” he said. “We had lots of action to keep the fun going including Mulligans that allowed you to throw the ball, like out of a sand trap.”
Also, Hage added, there was “A chance to double your money by hitting the ball inside a 16-foot circle on a par 3 and a chance to beat the pro by getting it closer to the hole on another par 3.”
Hage thanks PAHH board vice president Fred Badger who chaired the event, “He did an amazing job.”
Chaparral Pines and PAHH volunteers also drew praise from Hage, “We couldn’t have done it without them.”
Hole sponsors included Payson Concrete, Roud’s Fine Home Furnishings, PAHH ReStore, Payson Regional Medical Center, Corgan Associates, and OB Sports Management.
The list of silent auction items was extensive, and included a Phil Mickelson autographed PGA championship flag from Augusta.