Basking Ridge, NJ, June 16, 2015 – For 25 years, a luxury car has been parked on a tee box at Somerset Hills YMCA’s Golf Classic waiting for someone to hit a hole-in-one and drive it home. This year, finally, someone did - with a 181-yard tee shot at Roxiticus Golf Club.
It was the last hole for Brian Meagher of Basking Ridge. His boss and friend, Eric Roos, had gone first. Then Meagher swung. The ball soared from a 150-foot drop, sailed over a pond and hit the green. Then it vanished.
“In disbelief, I said to Eric, ‘Where’s my ball?’ And he said, “It’s in the hole. I said, ‘No, it can’t be,’ He said, ‘Yes, you got a hole in one,’ ” said Meagher. “I didn’t know the appropriate response, except to give high fives and hugs.”
To put it into perspective, the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole in one on a par three are roughly 12,500 to one, according to Golf Digest. Meagher has never done it before, not in 38 years of golf.
“I was just aiming for the middle of the green, and that’s exactly where it landed,” he said.
When he called his family, they refused to believe it, even after he sent them a photo of himself next to the gleaming, white Mercedes Benz SUV. A group of Y employees shouted in the background that he really had won the car.
It was the third year Meagher had played in the Golf Classic with Roos, whose Allstate Insurance company is a sponsor for the Y’s benefit golf outing.
“I’ve never even come close to a hole in one,” Meagher said. “This is was a once in the lifetime shot.”
The 12th hole, one of five par 3 holes at Roxiticus, had two witnesses present to ensure that the shot was valid. Once his shot is properly verified, Meagher will get the keys to the car.
Rod Ryan, the owner of Open Road Auto Group, provided the hole-in-one car for the event, as he has done over the past several years. He has long been a supporter of the Y, having served on the Board of Directors and the Endowment Committee. He is currently on the Community Advisory Board.
“I was delighted to hear the news. We do hole-in-one cars all the time at different events and hope that someone wins. This is the first time there was a winner. We couldn’t be happier for Mr. Meagher,” said Mr. Ryan, who provided the car from Open Road’s Mercedes Benz of Bridgewater dealership.
Proceeds from the benefit Golf Classic help contribute to the Y’s ability to provide financial assistance and mission-based programs to those who struggle financially, physically and emotionally. This year, 83 golfers played in the Y’s Golf Classic.
“We are thrilled for Brian,” said David M. Carcieri, president and CEO of Somerset County YMCA. “It was an extremely difficult shot to make, and incredibly, it was the last shot by the last golfer on the last hole. It’s special for us that his win came on the 25th anniversary of our Golf Classic.”
About the Somerset County YMCA
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At Somerset County YMCA, we believe everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For information about Somerset County YMCA and financial assistance, visit us at www.somersetcountyymca.org