A helicopter ball drop contest worth $1,000 was held in conjunction with the FOTAS golf tourney last year at Houndslake. The group is bringing the event back this year.
Due to the overwhelming support from last year’s golf tournament, Friends of the Animal Shelter is coming back with another golf tourney featuring a helicopter golf ball drop worth $1,000.
The group, of FOTAS, has scheduled its second golf tournament for 9 a.m. on Sept. 14 at Houndslake Country Club, 901 Houndslake Drive. If weather becomes an issue, FOTAS has scheduled a rainout date for Sept. 28. The last day to register for the tournament is Sept. 11.
The tournament will be a four-person captain’s choice team event. The entry fee is $75 per person or $300 per team.
The entry fee will include a light breakfast sponsored by Ridgecrest Coffee Bar, lunch provided by LongHorn Steakhouse and appetizers on the Par 3 provided by Travinia Italian Kitchen and Ruby Tuesday.
Also covered by the fee are greens and cart fees and a chance to win a new car by getting a hole-in-one on the Par 3. The car sponsor for the tournament is Milton Ruben Toyota.
FOTAS is also bringing back the highly-anticipated helicopter drop. Each golf ball will have a number on it that represents the purchaser. The purchaser whose ball lands in the hole first, or closest to the hole, will win $1,000.
FOTAS is selling golf balls at $10 apiece for the first 1,000 buyers. A buyer does not have to play in the tournament or be present at the time of the ball drop to win the cash prize.
A new part of the festivities will be the exploding golf ball challenge, an event sponsored by Custom Prescription Compounders of TLC Medical Centre in Aiken. As the players approach the tee box, they will randomly pick a ball – an exploding ball or a streamer ball – out of a bucket on the sponsors table.
On the tee box on the course, the players hit their normal shot for tournament play and then hit the “challenge” ball. All but one of the balls will explode with colored dust when hit. One ball will have the exploding streamer and that golfer is the winner and will receive a certificate for a $200 Pebble Beach Apparel shopping spree.
The tournament will include various other prizes as well as goody bags sponsored by Hibbitt’s Drug Co. and Southern Bank and Trust, and a chance to win various other prizes.
“I’ve had an overwhelming response about golfers wanting to play again so don’t hesitate to sign up,” Staiger said. “It’s going to be bigger and better.”
Golf balls for the helicopter drop can be purchased at: Family Pharmacy, 110 Price Ave.; Hibbitt’s Drug Co., 135 North Main St. in the downtown area of New Ellenton; Houndslake Country Club; and Herbal Solutions, 722 Silver Bluff Road.
All proceeds from the events will go to benefit the Aiken County Animal Shelter.
For more information, call co-chairpersons Ross and Sandy Staiger at 803-226-9672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.