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5/20/07-Tyler

What Would You Do With A Million Dollars? Contest Qualifiers Soundoff

In 20 years of the UT Tyler Patriot Suddenlink Million Dollar Hole-in-One contest no one has ever actually hit for the big prizE.

But as qualifier Pam Johnson said, there is a first time for everything.

"There is always a first time," she said. "I got flowers painted on my toe nails. That's the first time. Because it's the first time for flowers on my toe nails, I'm going for first.

Whether it was floral designed pedicures or a lucky golf club each of the 44 qualifiers had a unique approach for winning the grand prize Sunday at The Cascades.

KLTV wanted to know what some of the contestants would do if they won the million dollars.

"Pay off my student loans," Daniel Treat said.

"First, I would have to share it with all my kids," Pam said. "Otherwise, I'd get a bad reputation in my family."

"I'd see what the good Lord would bless me with to be a wise steward," John Babineaux said. "Obviously Uncle Sam's going to get his chunk."

Sue Haywood was both charity and vehicle minded. "I would makes sure I had a Lexus or something in the garage but after that it would be fun giving it away."

Every good competitor has a game plan. For the qualifiers the strategy was simple.

"Quit shaking!" explained John Rasumussen.

"I'm trying to hit the ball," Pam said. 

"I'm just trying not to embarrass myself," Sue laughed.

"I don't pay attention to the odds. Everybody who plays golf (at The Cascades) on the Par 3, wants to hit the hole in one," John Babineaux said. "I've had two of them before. Getting ready to be three."

Strategy and actual execution varied. The men's pin was 168 yards away. It was one hundred and thirty-nine yards for the women. We saw a few hit the green, others made a big splash and a few got an early jump on summer fun in the sand.

But of the 44 men and women to qualify it was a relative newbie to the competition who would win it all. Randy Pate's shot feel 14 feet, six inches from the hole.

"It's fun, you get a little a bit of butterflies, some nerves," Randy said after his win. "I can only imagine what it's like being at 18 on Augusta on Sunday. I don't know if I'd be able to stand up."

Randy won two American Airlines tickets to anywhere in the country. In second place it was Wayne Bass. Wayne's shot fell 16 feet, two-and-a-half inches from the hole. In third, it was Steve Winfield. His shot16 feet, 4 inches away.

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