GAM / Detroit News Hole-In-One Contest at Whispering Willows GC Results
Don Hooper (Livonia) was the winner of the GAM / Detroit News Hole-In-One Contest at Whispering Willows Golf Course in Livonia Sept. 7, 2010. Hooper landed 2 feet, 1 inch from the pin on the 127-yard par 3 No. 7. He used his 7-iron on a day when the warm winds provided a bit of a challenge for all of the contestants.
For his efforts, Hooper won a stay-and-play package for four at the Otsego Club Resort in Gaylord, owned and operated by Osprey Recreational Properties.
Anyone who has had a hole-in-one was eligible for the contest. Hooper has had three career aces.
A total of 234 golfers competed over the course of the day. Golfers competed in four categories: men 55-and-over; men under-55; women 55-and-over; and women under-55.
Hooper, 76, competed in the 55-and-over division and was the overall winner.
Other top finishers were:
Men’s 55-and-over (125 yards):
Don Hooper, 2 feet, 1 inch — overall winner
Hank Schultz, 2 feet, 8 inches
Thomas Garnache, 3 feet
Dave Yaris, 3 feet, 5 inches
Michael Kramer, 3 feet, 6 inches
Bob Flagg, 3 feet, 11 inches
Stewart Damon, 5 feet, 1 inch
Men’s under-55 (135 yards):
Bill Roe, 6 feet, 7 inches
Tom Young, 9 feet, 1 inch
David Baughman, 10 feet, 11 inches
Phil Farrugia, 11 feet, 6 inches
Jim Van Boven, 12 feet, 8 inches
Charles Tilghman, 13 feet, 5 inches
Brian Gulick, 15 feet, 2 inches
Women’s 55-and-over (118 yards):
Jan Bowerman, 9 feet, 1 inch
Trish Young, 11 feet, 6 inches
Women’s under-55 (118 yards):
Sue Dunaitis, 25 feet, 10 inches
Jennifer Layson, 26 feet, 11 inches
The GAM / Detroit News Hole-In-One contest was also a fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation. The event raised $2,010 for the foundation which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses for military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation.