May 2, 2017 Louisville, KY. – The $1 million prize is still up for grabs after 28 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.
Les Terwilliger of Louisville came closest to the pin, hitting his tee shot 2 feet, 4 inches from the cup. Terwilliger won the $5,000 first prize.
This was Terwilliger’s fourth time to participate in the finals. While he didn’t hit the hole-in-one, Terwilliger still says, “I am the luckiest man I know, I am blessed.”
A crowd of about 300 turned out at Seneca 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 20 and ran through April 30. Each shot was only $1, with special prices available for more than one shot.
Stock Yards is title sponsor of the event. Contributing Sponsor is Metro Parks & Recreation, joining Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS 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.