A GOLFER from Droylsden will be hoping for an early 60th birthday present as he could return from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Masters a million dollars richer.
Gary Conforth, who turns 60 in May, will join six other finalists in Augusta for the Million Dollar Hole in One (MDHIO) final this weekend, where he will have the chance to shoot for a $1m jackpot at a nearby course.
Conforth qualified for the grand shoot-out after acing the 105-metre 11th hole at Alto Golf, Pestana Golf Resort, in Portugal’s Algarve, in June 2018.
He joined the rest of the finalists as they jetted-off to America yesterday (Thursday) for their all-expense covered trip, courtesy of MDHIO.
Their action-packed itinerary, which includes exclusive parties and events, will see each finalist receive a day ticket to the Masters on Saturday, with the trip also including rounds at the Columbia Country Club and at The Reserve Club – one of South Carolina’s top courses – where they will also contest the MDHIO final on Masters Sunday.
Conforth, who has been practising for the final at his local driving range up to three times a week, said: “This really will be an unbelievable once-in-a-lifetime trip and the fact that my wife is joining me makes it very special. We will both be celebrating our upcoming birthdays while we are there.
“I’d like to send many thanks to everyone at MDHIO for making this possible, the company is very professional and true to their word – I thought it was too good to be true at first!”
The MDHIO challenge has been running since 1990 in the USA and since 2000 in Europe and sees more than 50,000 people each year trying their luck at more than 40 par-three holes on courses across Portugal, mainland Spain and Mallorca.
Each golfer pays €10 to enter and can also win a variety of golf-related prizes for landing on the green, with only the people that shoot aces invited to the trip and the MDHIO final.
The current MDHIO season is underway across Europe, with competitors shooting for the chance to win a trip to the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.
n To discover where MDHIO can be played visit www.mdhio.net/golf-courses.