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UT Tyler Hole-In-One Sees Repeat Winner

Forty-five golfers made their way to the fifteenth green at Willow Brook Sunday morning, forty-five qualifiers all staring down the 169 yards to the hole and getting ready for their shot at a million dollars.

"I've got no feeling right now," qualifier Jeffery Moore admits, "I'm just numb. There's no way of planning. You just use your regular swing."

Scott Croft said, "I'm just going to shoot for a prayer."

A hole-in-one on the center blue hole gets you a cool million dollars, otherwise closest to the pin wins two airline tickets to anywhere. Last year, Connor White used those tickets to take his family to Washington D.C. This year, he was back to defend the title.

"I've got a little pre-tournament jitters," White said before taking his swing. "Trying to crack it and take a deep breath, get up there and make one good swing."

"That's all I need."

Ninth off the green, Connor's aim was true. His shot landed nine feet, seven inches from the pin. He took the lead, with thirty-six other golfers looking to knock him off the top.

"It's a little nerve wracking when you're up there, seeing everybody shoot at you."

Forty-first off the tee came Gladewater's Randy Pate, a first-timer who knocked it to the green. His shot stopped at 11'5", 22 inches from the leader.

"I was nervous," Randy admitted, "I hit it, and it looked good. It it felt smoother than I thought it was going to feel."

"At least I knew it wasn't in the water,"

Randy settled for second place, and Connor picked up his second year's championship. He gets two tickets to anywhere in the U.S.A., and also a big old target for his back for next year.

"I feel like everybody's gunning for me," he says. "It's a pride thing now."

Jeff Keith finished third with a distance of 12'7". Tracey Makelip won the women's division with a 25'7" drive.

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.

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