More than 200 golfers took to the links this weekend in a charity tournament and “Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shoot Out” at the Big Fish Golf Course.
Organizer Sean Fahrlander said approximately $18,000 was raised in the fourth annual team golf tournament Saturday and the inaugural “Million Dollar Shootout” to benefit the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion Schools.
“Overall the events were a success—and we’ll make the Million Dollar Shootout even bigger and better next year,” Fahrlander said. “The money raised is spent on three outdoor camp activities for students throughout the year.”
LCO Casino of Hayward was the event’s major sponsor and Big Fish, a Pete Dye-designed course, hosted the event.
Golfers vying for the million dollar prized started qualifying on Wednesday for the opportunity to advance to Sunday’s final round.
Participants paid $1 a ball to attempt to land it inside a four-foot circle from 145 yards. The qualifiers then took aim at a shot from 150 yards out on Sunday morning, with the top five individuals then taking one shot from 150 yards out on hole #18 for a chance at the top prize.
Mike Swan, Steve Erickson, Mike Smith, Jason Schlender, and Brian Gooderham were the finalists.
“It rained during our team event on Saturday, but we had beautiful weather Sunday for the shootout finals,” Fahrlander said. “Unfortunately, no one hit the green. But the big winner was the school with the money we raised.”