$1 MILLION PRIZE STILL UP FOR GRABS
April 30, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The $1 million prize is still up for grabs after 30 years in the Stock Yards Bank Kentucky Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest. No one has aced Hole #8 at Seneca Golf Course, though a Louisville man came closest tonight.
John Dennis of Louisville came closest to the pin, hitting his tee shot 12 feet, 5 inches from the cup. Dennis won the $5,000 first prize. This isn’t the first time he’s tried to win the million-dollar prize.
“I try every year and I’ve made the finals three other times,” said Dennis. “Before the finals, I use my 7 iron and practice a whole lot!”
It was a beautiful night for the finals competition at Seneca, as a crowd gathered to watch the 56 Finalists. Any golfer who made a hole-in-one during the qualifying rounds automatically qualified for the Finals and a shot at the $1 million. Any amateur player was eligible to enter. Everyone from scratch golfers to duffers took a swing at qualifying.
The Stock Yards Bank Kentucky Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One preliminaries were held at the Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. The contest started April 18 and ran through April 28. Each shot was only $1, with special prices available for more than one shot.
Stock Yards Bank is the title sponsor of the event. Contributing Sponsor is Louisville Parks & Recreation, joining Media Sponsors WLKY TV, 840WHAS and Insider Louisville.
Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.