San Diegan Hits Pin, Nearly Wins $1 Million at Annual Bowl Fundraiser

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2012 hiowelsh 350After ten days of qualifying at Stadium Golf Center and more than 35,000 shots, the 2012 Tilted Kilt $1 Million Hole-in-One Shootout concluded today with San Diego resident, Robert Welsh, besting 16 other finalists to win the annual championship. The finals for this Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl fund-raiser were held this morning at Carlton Oaks Golf Club in Santee.

Welsh’s shot from 170-yards bounced once before hitting the flagstick and settling just 7-feet from the pin, the third closest shot in the 24-year history of the event. Had the ball fallen into the cup, Welsh would have won $1,000,000. Instead, his effort earned him a Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl VIP package.

“As the shot started to land, I heard some noise from my fellow contestants and some noise from the group around the green so I started to suspect it could be close,” said Welsh. “When I saw it bounce and hit the pin I realized that it really had a chance to go in!”

Phil Jones of El Cajon finished in second place, his ball coming to rest just 19-feet 10-inches from the pin. Kyle Koop of Coronado placed third.

Event sponsors included Tilted Kilt, Bridgepoint Education, AT&T, Barney & Barney, Cox Communications, San Diego Business Journal, XTRA Sports 1360, and FM News & Talk 95.7 and AM 600 KOGO

The 2012 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl kicks off at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 27 and features teams from the Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences. For information, visit

Top Three Finishers
Robert Welsh (7′)
Phil Jones (19’10”)
Kyle Koop (26’6″)