Seventh Annual Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf Shootout

After the South Florida State College (SFSC) Foundation’s seventh annual Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf Shootout, sponsored by Bill Jarrett Ford, on Saturday, Jan. 13, no one won the $1 million, but Kyle Braxton was the sole golfer who landed his ball on the green at 24’ 7” from the hole and winning $750. The event raised $11,551 for SFSC’s athletic programs.

This year, golfers swung in wet and cold conditions to qualify during the three-day Golf Shootout that began on Thursday, Jan. 11, and was held at Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club in Sebring. Despite the weather conditions, 94 people turned out to vie for the $1 million prize. Golfers included 12 from out-of-state, two from outside the country, and 12 women, the highest female participation in the event’s history.

The golfers who rounded out the group of 12 qualifiers were: Tod Phillips, Steve Sortore, Ricky Weppler, Michael Thayer, Chris Pingel, Mike Nelson, Kyle Braxton, Richard Sinclair, Rodger Dowe, Tom Kestler, Michael Kelly, and Bill Parrett. Tod Phillips hit a hole-in-one during day two of the qualifying rounds.

“The 2024 SFSC Foundation’s Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf Shootout sponsored by Bill Jarrett Ford was again an outstanding event,” said Rick Hitt, SFSC athletic director. “Thank you to our sponsors, to our volunteers, and of course to our outstanding participants who came out each day regardless of the weather to get themselves on the leaderboard. We continue to be blessed to live in a community that supports so many different events and the Million Dollar Shootout is no exception. SFSC Athletics is extremely grateful for the proceeds raised from this event to assist in all aspects of the Panther athletic program. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to host this event and we look forward to 2025 with great anticipation.”

Proceeds from the golf shootout benefit SFSC Panther athletic teams in women’s volleyball, women’s cross country, men’s baseball, and women’s softball. SFSC’s student-athletes assisted throughout the Golf Shootout.

For more information on the event or how to become a sponsor for next year’s Golf Shootout, contact the SFSC Foundation at 863-453-3313.

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