Hole-in-One Shootout raises funds for students, teachers

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Palmetto Electric Cooperative's Touchstone Energy Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shootout raised approximately $13,800 in support of the Bright Ideas teacher grant program, which provides funding for innovative classroom projects in local schools.

The three-day event took place May 17-19 at Old South Golf Links, where approximately 250 Lowcountry golfers took more than 12,000 shots at qualifying for the million dollar final round.

In the end, 28 finalists took their shot at winning $1 million, but it was Stan Dever of Hilton Head Island who was the closest with a shot that landed just 11 feet 9 7/8 inches from the winning hole.

Dever didn't walk away empty handed, though. His shot won him $1,000 and a four-day, three-night vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Second through fifth place prizes included rounds of golf at area courses. The runners-up were Danny Morgan, second place; Andrew Swanson, third place; Ted Morris, fourth place; and Davis Owens, fifth place.

The overall winners of the putting contest were Spencer Starnes and Dever. They both won rounds of golf at local courses.

"As a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, commitment to community is one of the core values of our cooperative," said Berl Davis, Palmetto Electric's president and CEO. "We were excited about this year's event since proceeds once again supported Bright Ideas. What Bright Ideas does for the teachers and children of the Lowcountry is simply amazing and I think the golfers who supported the event agreed. I would also like to thank all of our corporate sponsors who generously supported the Shootout."

Davis added, "Congratulations to all of our Shootout winners, but I think we all know that the real winners are the children of the Lowcountry who benefit from having the Bright Ideas Program in their schools."

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