Big turnout at an­nual Kirchen­bauer golf event

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HOLTVILLE — Frank Wright Mid­dle School teacher Jeff Wil­liams had a shot at $1 mil­lion Satur­day but came up a few yards short in the Rabobank Mil­lion Dol­lar Shootout at the John A. Kirchen­bauer Me­mo­rial Golf Tour­na­ment at Im­pe­rial Palms Re­sort at Bar­bara Worth here.

The 39-year-old Wil­liams won the tour­na­ment’s clos­est-to-the-pin com­pe­ti­tion by knock­ing his shot 58 inches from the hole. That earned him the chance to take one shot for $1 mil­lion on the 165-yard, Hole No. 11 at the course.

“I wasn’t real ner­vous, but I think it’s be­cause there wasn’t a big group watch­ing me take it,” Wil­liams said about his $1 mil­lion shot. “I hit it a lit­tle fat. It was straight and seemed to be on line, it just came up short.”

The tour­na­ment is a fundraiser for the Holtville High Green and Gold Hall of Fame Com­mit­tee, which uses the funds to award schol­ar­ships to grad­u­at­ing high school se­niors and also for youth ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the Im­pe­rial Val­ley.

Satur­day, 108 golfers par­tic­i­pated in the event, a record num­ber of par­tic­i­pants for the 11th an­nual tour­na­ment.

“It was a good turnout. We have a very loyal group of golfers who come out ev­ery year. With the give­aways we do each year, we get in­ter­est from through­out the Val­ley,” said Mur­ray An­der­son, golf tour­na­ment co­or­di­na­tor for the Green and Gold Hall of Fame Com­mit­tee.

Mario Luna won the men’s long-drive com­pe­ti­tion on Hole No. 10, while Belinda Mills won the women’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Tak­ing first place at the event was the team of Trevor Tagg, Glenn Rye, Colt Sny­der and Char­lie Kemp. The sec­ond-place team was made up of Jeff Ma­gin, Bill Huyler, Craig Blek and Tommy Samaha, while third place went to Joe Tagg, El­liott Tagg, Bran­don An­gulo and Beau Ash­ley.

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