(from left) Rick Hitt, Dr. Thomas Leitzel, Scott Hitt, and Jamie Bateman

Four winners emerged from a pack of 12 qualifiers during South Florida State College (SFSC) Foundation’s inaugural Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf Shootout on Saturday, Jan. 20.  

Although no one snagged the $1 million prize, four top golfers hit balls closest to the hole. They were Scott Hitt in first place, who came within 15′ 4-1/2″ of the hole; Jose Jimenez in second place, 23′ 9″; John Vicker Jr. in third place, 27′ 6″; and Michael Kelly in fourth place, 34′ 6-1/2″.

The three-day golf shootout began on Thursday, Jan. 18 and was held at Sun ‘N Lake Golf & Country Club in Sebring. In spite of the frosty weather on Thursday and Friday, over 70 golfers turned out to vie for $1 million. Each of the final 12 qualifiers had one chance to win the $1 million on Saturday by shooting a hole-in-one at the par 3 18th hole. 

The golfers who rounded out the group of 12 qualifiers were: Michael Bloss, Peter Davidson, Jim Doty, Ken Dunbar, John Jarrabeck, Ted McCahill, Jeff Taylor, and Richard Sinclair. 

“We are pleased with the results of the Million Dollar Hold-in-One Golf Shootout,” said Jamie Bateman, executive director, SFSC Institutional Advancement, who oversees the SFSC Foundation. “With the support of our event sponsor, MidFlorida Credit Union, award sponsor Heacock Insurance, and many other sponsors and those who braved the cold by participating in the event, we were able to raise more than $10,000. Plans are in place for next year in hopes that someone will win the $1 million prize.” 

Proceeds from the golf shootout will be used to benefit the SFSC Athletic Department. SFSC fields four athletic teams: women’s volleyball, women’s cross country, men’s baseball, and women’s softball. SFSC’s student athletes will assist golfers at the shootout. 

“What an enjoyable event,” said Rick Hitt, SFSC athletic director. “Our participants were outstanding in posting competitive qualifying scores, and we had a great shootout for our 12 qualifiers. Even though we didn’t have a hole-in-one winner this year, our consolation prizes were well represented with quality shots into the challenging 18th green on Deer Run at Sun ‘n Lake. Thank you to all of our participants, sponsors, and volunteers, and we look forward to putting on another outstanding event next year.” 

The first place winner was awarded a $500 gift card, second place a $250 gift card, third place a $100 gift card, and fourth place a $50 gift card.