San Diego Resident Sixteen Feet From $1 Million

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After ten days of qualifying and 26,372 shots, the 2005 Barona $1 Million Hole-in-One Shootout – A Pacific Life Holiday Bowl Production – concluded today with the Finals at Barona Creek Golf Club. Fourteen golfers qualified for the contest finale by winning one of ten qualifying days, or hitting a hole-in-one at Stadium Golf Center in Mission Valley September 13-17 and 19-23.

By landing a shot sixteen-feet, one-inch from the hole, Gene Gardiner of San Diego, took home the first-place prize of a five-night stay for two at Club Med’s Sandpiper Resort in Florida, airfare and unlimited golf included. If Gardiner or any of the other fourteen Final Shootout participants had hit a hole-in-one, they would have won $1 million.

Garnering most of the attention this morning was eleven-year-old Chris Tuulik of San Diego. Tuulik became the youngest final shootout participant in the event’s eighteen years. He finished in sixth place stopping his ball 60-feet, four-inches to the right of the pin.

Barbara Thomas of La Mesa, the defending Final Shootout champion, finished in third place.

The revenue generated by the Barona $1 Million Hole-in-One Shootout supports the non-profit Pacific Life Holiday Bowl.

Top Three Final Shootout Finishers

1. Gene Gardiner - 16'1"
2. Harry Mayer - 41'9"
3. Barbara Thomas - 49'7"

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