Eureka man awarded $15k for making hole in one shot

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FORTUNA- It’s a feat few golfers pull off in a lifetime, a hole in one. But on Wednesday one Eureka man received a big prize after doing just that.

When Rob McLaughlin agreed to play in the Scramble for Redwood Memorial Hospital golf tournament, he didn’t think he would be walking away with a brand new car. This year’s October tournament promised any participant who made a hole-in-one $15,000 towards a car of their choice from Lithia Dodge.

On Wednesday, Redwood Memorial presented McLaughlin with an oversized check in honor of his accomplishment. In total, the tournament raised $37,000 for the hospital’s surgical suite.

“It was kind of a shock, I guess, for all of us,” McLaughlin said. “I think the three guys I was playing with were probably more excited than I was because like I said it didn't really sink in at first, but you know once it did I was really excited. I've played in quite a few of these tournaments and you never think you're going to get a hole in one especially when there's something on the line like that, that's just something you never expect to do.”