Routt County resident hits hole-in-one, wins car

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— Routt County resident Toni Hennessy on Saturday hit the second hole-in-one of her life, and this one happened to come with a car.

Hennessy was playing at Catamount Ranch & Club in the Lobster Bake and Golf Tournament fundraiser, which benefits the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation.

"I've been putting cars out at golf tournaments for the better part of 20 years. I have had a couple close ones but never anyone winning," Steamboat Motors General Manager Jeff Steinke said. "It's kind of fun that someone finally puts one in and wins the car."

Hennessy won the newly redesigned 2013 Ford Escape in white — the first one in stock at Steamboat Motors. Hennessy did not immediately return a message seeking comment Saturday night.

"She certainly loves the game of golf, and she's had the two hole-in-ones in her life just this year," said Steinke, who met up with Hennessy on Saturday evening at the lobster bake portion of the event.

Participation in the Lobster Bake and Golf Tournament required a minimum donation of $300. The tournament is one of the primary fundraisers for the Winter Sports Club Foundation, which provides financial aid to the Winter Sports Club.

Steinke said the win was good exposure for his business as well as for the fundraiser in future years.

"One of the benefits I see is that it gives much more credibility to the Winter Sports Club Foundation and this tournament next year," he said. "People will come out, and they'll be fighting for the hole trying to win another" car.

Steinke said that the car is covered by insurance and that Steamboat Motors would continue to offer cars for holes-in-one at future tournaments.

"For years, I've always said, 'Gosh, I wish somebody would win one of these. It would just be so neat.'"

To reach Nicole Miller, call 970-871-4246 or email nmiller@SteamboatToday.com

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