For the fourth time in five years, Farrol Asham was among the three golfers with a shot at the money during 610 CHTM's seventh-annual million dollar hole-in-one fundraiser final at the Thompson Golf Course July 21.
For the third time since 2008, he was also the closest to the pin, though he didn't get the ace he needed for a million-dollar payday.
Asham's final shot landed just under 20 feet, seven inches away from the pin at the second hole of the golf course, while runner-up Ryan Paul came within 43 feet, 10 inches and Jack Sangster's attempt did not warrant a measurement, falling well short and wide of the green.
Asham's shot earned him a trip to the northern play down in The Pas, where the winners of the contest in Thopmpson, The Pas and Flin Flon will face-off for another chance at a million and to qualify for the national final.
The three finished the finals in the opposite order that they did in the semifinals, when Sangster was the closest at just under 10 fee, six inches, while Paul's shot was about 10 fee, 10 inches from the hole. Asham's best semifinal shot was approximately 13 feet, eight inches away. The top 10 semifinalists were all within 24 feet of the pin.
Fifty players qualified for the semifinals by finishing among the closest 10 shots in each of the five days of the fundraiser at Centennial Park, where they shot from 90 yards away.
In the semifinals and final, the players were about 150 yards from the hole. Each semifinalist had three attempts, while in the final the players had just a single shot.
The fundraiser brought in about $12,000, $10,000 of which will go to the JRB Basketball program. The remainder will be disbursed by the Rotary Club of Thompson to other local organizations and causes.