Three Golfers Earn Top-Rated Prizes at Hole-in-One


Lauren Sujkowski

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Nathan Janecek of Scottsdale landed his shot within 12 feet to finish first in the 26th Annual Fiesta Bowl Million Dollar Hole-in-One presented by Fox Sports Arizona on Sunday. 

Janecek’s 11’ 7” shot was closest to the 150-yard hole, and he selected a one-year membership to Encanterra, a Trilogy Country Club, and a full set of PING clubs as his prize.

No one became a millionaire this year, but the top 30 finishers in the morning’s preliminaries earned daily prizes, and the best three shots in the finals had their choice of three fabulous prizes after finishing within a foot of each other.

Golfers took aim at the million dollar hole, which was flanked by two holes worth $50,000.

Thirty-four golfers took 43 shots in the finals, 10 of which landed on the green, warranting a measurement. Golfers qualified for the finals during preliminaries that ran from Nov. 4-14 at the driving range of the Arizona Biltmore Country Club.

Second-place finisher Sam Saunders of Buckeye, Ariz., hit one of the $50,000 hole pins before his shot settled 12’ 3/8” from the million dollar hole. Saunders chose a three-night experience at the Fairmont St. Andrews in Scotland with a chance to play the legendary Old Course at St. Andrews.     

Third-place finisher and Hole-in-One veteran Dave Reiter of Glendale, Ariz., earned three shots in the finals by nailing three aces during the 10-day preliminaries. In the finals, his best shot landed 12’ 5” from the million dollar hole, and he won a 10-day cruise for two on the Holland America Line.       

For $1 a shot, more than 1,000 amateur golfers hit more than 125,000 balls at a 125-yard hole. The top three daily finishers, including anyone who hit a hole-in-one, earned a shot in the final round. The top 30 finishers each day earned prizes ranging from PING irons to local country club foursomes to restaurant gift certificates.

The Fiesta Bowl Million Dollar Hole-in-One is one of the nation’s top amateur hole-in-one events and remains popular among local residents. Some proceeds from the event benefit the 100 Club, supporting the families of police officers and firefighters when tragedy strikes. The event also benefits the United Food Bank by offering golfers a free bag of balls for donating two canned goods. For more information about the Fiesta Bowl Million Dollar Hole-in-One,