Three members of the group walked to the 12th tee at Imperial Country Club’s East Course on Tuesday.
“Well, here goes the car, guys!” they said before they hit their shots on the par 3, with a 2016 Nissan Maxima on the line.
None of the three won the car. But the last guy did.
“When I walked up, I didn’t say anything,” said Les Riddle, 81, of Naples. “I just wanted to get on the green.”
Riddle did, and then some. His line drive took one bounce and went in the hole. Because of where the pin was, Riddle didn’t see it happen. But he didn’t need to.
“I knew it was going toward the hole,” he said. “I saw everyone watching behind the green begin to jump up and down. They were hollering and screaming and jumping up and down.”
Riddle was playing in the 19th annual Dean Lind Memorial Golf-A-Thon. But he didn’t get to play that much because of all of the hoopla. He only got to play 24 holes.
Aaron Walker, the owner of Naples Nissan which donated the car, was on hand to give Riddle the details. “It is the first time in 33 years that I have been able to give away a car because someone hit a hole-in-one,” Walker said in a release.
“It was quite a day,” said Riddle, who made his first — and only other — hole-in-one a few years ago in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Riddle, who still has a home up in Trussville, Alabama, was playing with a group from the First Methodist Church, which supports St. Matthew’s House. He and his wife have been splitting their time in Naples for four years. Riddle is a starter and rover out at Lely, and plays every week or two.
Riddle said he played one more par 3 during the tournament.
“That was the big talk from the other guys, ‘Get another hole-in-one. Are you going to get another one?’” Riddle said. “No, I didn’t. I didn’t get another.”