One shot at a cool million...

By: Coleman Swierc - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - There was good, bad and those that just relaxed on the course.

Why wouldn't they? It was only a new car and a million dollars on the line.

Men and women took their hack at the par 3 170 yard hole #11 at the Cascades, with the chance to hit the shot of their lives.

"It is exciting, I would love to do it, it would change alot of peoples lives," said hole-in-one contestant Kevin Simpson.

The Patriot Million dollar hole in one contest gave 35 golfers the chance to hit the shot of a life time...for a new ride...or a big pay day.

Some were a bit more concerned about the smaller things.

"Make contact, get it down there, and dont be short," said Simpson.

"I just pray that I make the green," said another contestant.

"This was the first year that I have ever done anything like this, and yes it was very nerve racking," said Stephen Smith of Tyler.

No nerves for Mike Cearley, the Troup native was swinging in his 20th hole in one contest..

"Just another day on the golf course for me," said Cearly.

Some hit good shots, some went right, some went left and some never made the green, but as the old saying goes, "a bad day of golf is better than a good day anywhere else."

"Thank you to Mark Scirto for giving us probably the perfect weather for this event, very little wind and lots of sunshine, and a good crowd, so it was really really good," said event coordinator Kevin Williams.

In the end, it came down to to men, Walter Treat and Stephen Smith.

"I knew it was good, after it landed on the side of the hill, I quit looking at it, I just thought it was going to hang up, some one said 3 foot 9...and I was like wow!" said Treat of his shot, which landed 3'9 inches away.

But it wasn't enough.

Smith, by less than a foot, took the title.

"It was really hard to tell the distance," said Smith,"but I could kind of hear the crowd gasp, and then I knew that it was pretty good."

No one walked away with an ace, but the winner, might have the right strategy for next year...

"Just close your eyes and swing..."