April 29, 2014. Louisville, KY. – Spotty showers tonight didn’t keep golfers from taking a swing for a $1 million dollars at the Finals of the Stock Yards Bank Kentucky Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest. 56 competitors took swings in both rainy and dry conditions as showers moved through the area, but none were able to ace Hole #8 at Seneca Golf Course.
John Cook of Louisville came closest to the pin, hitting his tee shot 3 feet and half an inch from the cup. Cook won a $5,000 first prize.
A crowd of about 300 turned out at Seneca to watch the 56 Finalists. Any golfer who earlier 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 17 and ran through April 27. Each shot was only $1, with special prices and promotions available for more than one shot.
Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company is title sponsor of the event. Contributing Sponsors are: Kentuckiana Golf Course Superintendents, WLKY TV and 84 WHAS.
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.