Fore the love of golf and schools

From left, 13-year-old Chase Hurt, Councilman Jim Wood, Terry Clements and Eric Sass are the four golfers who had a chance to win $100,000 in a hole-in-one shootout contest.

A swinging good time was had by all during Wednesday's Shoot Out for Education at the Emerald Bay Golf Club in Destin.

The Destin Area Chamber of Commerce held a $100,000 finale hole-in-one contest where four lucky golfers had the chance of a lifetime to sink the nearly impossible shot.

Wednesday’s Oct. 17 finale event took place after qualifying for the Golf & Dine Tournament began on Saturday Oct. 13 and lasted until the day of the shootout finale.

The four qualifying golfers were Terry Clements, Eric Sass, Destin Councilman Jim Wood and 13-year-old Chase Hurt.

With only one swing allowed per golfer, the odds were stacked against the group on the green and unfortunately no one won the money.

With half of the proceeds raised going to Destin schools the tournament was still successful.

"You get five balls for $5, you can't beat that, and it's for a great cause," said Wood.

Looking very much like a seasoned professional Hurt, a student at Destin Middle School, was the most surprising finalist at only 13.

The 7th grader is really still a beginner in the golf community compared to some of the others. "I've been playing golf for a year and a half," said Hurt.

All told, $250 was raised for Destin schools.

"Not a bad day on the course, not bad at all," said Suzy Hunt of The Destin Chamber of Commerce at the closing of the day’s festivities.