HOLE IN ONE WINNER PICKS
UP NEW CAR IN ARLINGTON
July 31, 2008
(Arlington, WA) -- A hole-in-one shot in the game of golf is a very lucky event for any golfer. But the shot of perhaps a lifetime for any golfer is made that much sweeter when the rattle of that small white ball into the tin cup means you've also won a free new car.
Winner Pat Cebula and family pick up the family's new Pontiac GB GT. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Yesterday afternoon in a short on time but long on smiles ceremony, hole-in-one golfer Pat Cebula was handed the keys to his new 2009 Pontiac G8 GT by Zane Morrison, Fleet & Commercial Manager of Smokey Point Buick-Pontiac-GMC in Arlington
The thirty-seven year old Cebula of Tenino, Washington, just south of Olympia, won the sleek new Pontiac performance sedan as the grand prize in the dealership sponsored golf tournament at The Classic Golf Club in Spanaway, Washington Saturday July 26th.
Mr. Cebula, a professional in the brick laying industry, teed of with his party of four about 8am. By 10:30 he was standing at the 11th hole of the 18-hole course where he was the third man to tee off. Using a 6-iron Mr. Cebula swung, made solid contact with the ball and up, up and away it sailed into a balmy 68 degrees and slight haze.
“The ball hit the green and then just disappeared at the flag and it was like time stopped,” said Cebula. “Then I turned around, looked at my buddies and it was just pandemonium. We were like four kids in a candy shop just goin’ nuts, belly bumping and high fiving each other.”
Cebula estimates his hole-in-one shot traveled some 165 yards to find and then insert itself into the small hole on the green. He says picking up the keys to his new Pontiac and driving it away was one of the best days he’s ever had.
THIS HOLE IN ONE WINNER HAS AMAZING STORY TO TELL
Cebula modestly calls himself a lucky amateur golfer. But a bit of prodding produces a startling bit of golf trivia, which indicates Pat’s playing level may be a notch above pure amateur. It turns out this hole-in-one was not the first for the Tenino family man. Nor was it his second.
The hole-in-one he shot July 26th in Spanaway was Cebula’s THIRD hole-in-one in the past decade. His first hole-in-one accomplishment was about eight years ago on a golf course in Yelm, Washington where he used a 9-iron to drive the ball about 148 yards before it reached its tin cup destination.
Cebula’s second hole-in-one was on the same Yelm course about two years ago where he shot a three-under par “Albatross” on that hole-in-one. A three-under par shot in golf is as rare to the game as the bird after which it is named.
When asked how an amateur golfer of average ability could produce three hole-in-one shots in ten years Cebula replied, “just lucky I guess.”