This week, going for the green has more than one meaning.

With dollar signs in their eyes and a jackpot on the brain, golfers began qualifying on Monday in the 33rd annual UT Tyler Southside Bank Patriot Million Dollar Hole-In-One event.

The contest offers amateur golfers age 18 and older the opportunity to compete for a chance to win $1 million. Each shot during the preliminary daily rounds is $1. Daily qualifiers are those who hit a hole-in-one, as well as those who hit closest to the hole during the daily qualifying rounds.

The qualifying site is at The University of Texas at Tyler practice soccer field, 3900 University Blvd., Tyler, 75799.

Qualifying is 4 to 8 p.m. each day.

Friday will feature extended hours with “Friday Night Lights” from 7 to 11 p.m. The tee box and green will be well lit for players and will feature one additional qualifier each hour.

Saturday's qualifying is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The finals are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Hollytree Country Club. 

On Sunday, there will be three holes for prizes. The grand prize is $1 million from Southside Bank. The vehicle prize is from Patterson Tyler Dodge Ram, while the cash prize is $25,000 from KLTV.

Runner-up prizes include tickets to a getaway at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, courtesy of KLTV. It is valued at $800. Second runner-up is a round of golf for four and cart at Hollytree (value: $275). Also, the first person placing a ball inside 2 feet of the million dollar pin wins $500. 

The UT Tyler Patriot Million Dollar Hole-In-One event has provided scholarship opportunities for dozens of current and past UT Tyler students for more than 30 years. To date, more than $2 million has been raised for the UT Tyler Patriot Endowed Scholarship fund for deserving UT Tyler students. Last year's contest and the Patriot Golf Classic raised more than $110,000.  

The UT Tyler Patriot organization volunteers its time and resources to ensure the success of the Patriot Hole-In-One contest. 

To find out how to help deserving UT Tyler students, contact the UT Tyler Office of University Advancement at 903-565-5692 or email Amanda Midgett at

33rd Annual UT Tyler Southside Bank Patriot Million Dollar Hole-In-One 

UT Tyler Practice Soccer Field, 

3900 University Blvd., Tyler 75799

Schedule for the Week

Tuesday — Qualifying 4-8 p.m.; Corporate Lanes, 5-8 p.m.

Wednesday — Qualifying 4-8 p.m.; Corporate Lanes, 5-8 p.m.

Thursday — Qualifying 4-8 p.m.; Corporate Lanes, 5-8 p.m.

Friday — Qualifying 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Seniors Day at the Hole-in-One (additional senior qualifiers — anyone age 65 or older with a valid photo ID will receive an additional 10 free shots for every 25 purchased plus a free lunch. Seniors also will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Friday Night Lights qualifying is 7 to 11 p.m. (qualifiers each hour).

Saturday — Qualifying 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday — Finals are 4:30 p.m. at Hollytree Country Club.


Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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