Golfers invited to help wounded warriors

Golfers invited to help wounded warriors
Operation Game On founder Tony Perez celebrates with Nancy Neglia, the first golfer and only woman to sink a hole-in-one during his inaugural 15-Inch Hole-in-One Cup Challenge. This year’s event is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 25 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — Professional, novice and scratch golfers can win up to $1,000 for every hole-in-one and two tickets to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Petco Park during the second annual Operation Game On 15-Inch Hole-in-One Cup Challenge.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 25 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, 15150 San Dieguito Road in Rancho Santa Fe and feature a silent auction, a corporate village, live music and unlimited food and drinks that include a bloody mary bar, craft beer, pizza and tacos.

Although the odds of sinking a shot on the first swing are minimal, chances are increased when the cup is nearly four times larger than the traditional hole.

In fact, during last year’s event 14 golfers out of nearly 200 sunk a hole-in-one.

The cost is $150 for 20 golf balls, which participants will try to get in 15-inch cups either 50, 75, 100 or 125 yards away to win $150, $250, $500 or $1,000, respectively.

Last year the event raised $28,000. Ten winners hit the 50-yard mark and four sunk one from 75 yards away.

The payouts would have totaled $2,650 but $1,100 was donated back to Operation Game On,a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 by Tony Perez that provides golf lessons and equipment for severely physically and mentally injured soldiers, most of them undergoing treatment at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Visit OperationGameOn.org for more information.

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