Phoenix Resident Wins Grand Prize at Hole-in-One

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Contact: Mallory Cage

Scottsdale, Ariz. - Chris Rudhe of Phoenix walked away from the 28th Annual Wells Fargo Fiesta Bowl Hole-in-One with the closest shot and resort vacation for two courtesy of Sears Vacations.
Rudhe's shot was the closest of the 44 golfers to the 150-yard pin at six feet, one inch. In total there were 52 shots taken and four grand prizes awarded.
No one became a millionaire this year, but the best four shots had their choice of four fabulous prizes, including the resort vacation Rudhe chose from Sears Vacations, a ten-day cruise courtesy of Holland America, a year-long membership to either the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club or Wigwam Golf Club and a Troon twosome national card complete with a full-set of PING irons and a custom fitted bag.

Finals kicked off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 11 when contestants aimed their Dixon golf balls at the million-dollar hole, which was flanked by two $50,000 holes.
Mike Barter, also from Phoenix, took second place after landing his best shot at seven feet, two and a fourth inches.
Another Phoenix resident, David Ekbonm was third after finishing two inches farther than Barter at seven feet, four and a fourth inches.
And the final grand prize winner was Tom Durkin from Glendale. Durkin's ten feet, five and one-fourth inches shot landed him the final fabulous prize.
Participants earned their spots in the finals over an 11-day competition from November 1-11 at the Arizona Biltmore Driving Range. The top 30 finishers each day earned daily prizes and the top three moved onto the finals.

Finals participants were:

1. Wells Fargo – Jim Lieberthal
2. Rob Rutila - Scottsdale
3. Brian Pervais - Peoria
4. Mike Fong - Glendale
5. David Reiter - Glendale
6. Bryon Eggan - Phoenix
7. Ken Kelly - Waddell
8. Richard Wagner - Gilbert
9. Don Bonell - Prescott
10. Tom Durkin - Glendale
11. John Rossman - Scottsdale
12. Jason Ellis - Scottsdale
13. Brian Roser - Scottsdale
14. Michael McGlothin - Phoenix
15. Bob Straub – Phoenix
16. Mike Barter - Phoenix
17. Kenton Steiner - Tempe
18. James Burkland - Peoria
19. Rick Barker - Phoenix
20. Bob Frank - Scottsdale
21. Larry DeRespino - Phoenix
22. Brad Kepley – Brad Kepley
23. Nathan Janecek - Scottsdale
24. Joel Andresson - Chandler
25. C. Bradley Burress - Gilbert
26. Chris Rudhe - Phoenix
27. Jon Beaty – Southdale, TX
28. Daniel Soloman - Surprise
29. Bill Ross - Phoenix
30. Iggy CaLaLang - Gilbert
31. Scott Worden – Cave Creek
32. Jerry Burkland - Phoenix
33. Rex Collins – Phoenix
34. Roy Langston - Gilbert
35. Brian Bush - Phoenix
36. Jonathan Harris - Phoenix
37. Jeff Schwartz - Phoenix
38. David Ekbonm - Phoenix
39. Mike Barter - Phoenix
40. Gerald Deetz - Phoenix
41. Jesse Bonner – Marina Del Rey, CA
42. Dustyn Jawierski - Chandler
43. Jerry Perkins - Tempe
44. Steve Morgan – Steve Morgan

The top four all finished within four feet of one another.
From Thursday - Saturday, November 1-10, thousands of golfers of various skill levels took aim for a hole-in-one on a 125-yard hole at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. The top finishers each day were awarded a fabulous daily prize, such as PING irons, golf bags, complimentary foursomes to some of the Valley's best golf courses or gift certificates to some of Arizona's finest restaurants.
Daily rounds ran from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. - noon on Sunday, November 11.
A portion of the proceeds from every shot--the shanks and the aces--go to Fiesta Bowl Charities, which benefits valuable organizations that make a difference across Arizona. The United Food Bank also benefitted from a promotion that ran throughout the event allowing participants to bring in two canned food items in exchange for a 2-for-1 deal on bags of golf balls.
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