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Livermore, CA – The shot and cheers were heard all around the golf course as Andrew Searcy of Livermore sunk the very first hole-in-one in the 28-year history of the ValleyCare Charitable Golf Tournament, Friday, June 1, at Wente. "I was so excited about making my first ever hole-in-one, I completely forgot that the prize was a new Lexus ES250," says Searcy. After his playing partners reminded him of the car, Searcy said "it just doesn’t get any better than this," and the four headed to the 19th hole for a celebration.
His winning shot came at about 1:30 pm after playing seven holes and was on hole number 7, a par 3 at Wente. He was third in the group to shoot in the best-ball format. The first shot was too long, the second too short, but Searcy’s shot was just right using his 7 iron. Searcy was joined by Mike Camper, Mike Potts and Phil Butts, all with IES – Indoor Environmental Services – a vendor for ValleyCare. This was the first year IES had participated with a corporate foursome in the charitable tournament.
"There was so much excitement around the course after the hole-in-one," says Shelley Despotakis, manager for the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation, "you could hear the buzz all afternoon and many of the golfers who know Andrew have all said it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy." The hole-in-one winner can choose another Lexus model, but Searcy says, "it’s for my wife and she wants that car." Lexus of Pleasanton is the sponsor for the hole-in-one car.
The ValleyCare Charitable Foundation has sponsored the golf tournament for the past 28 years, raising funds to expand and enhance services at ValleyCare Health System. This year’s proceeds benefit the ValleyCare Health System Emergency Room Expansion campaign.