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Golfer is third to cash in on Wilmette course’s hole-in-one contest

Aug. 25 was a nice little Wednesday for Son Nguyen.

Nguyen traveled to Wilmette for a daytrip to the Wilmette Golf Club and came out $10,000 the better for doing so.

Nguyen sank a hole in one on the 16th hole to claim the prize money in the opt-in contest from the Wilmette Golf Club and Swing King.

The contest is an option for anyone who golfs at the course. Willing participants pay $5 before their round to compete and if they record a hole in one on the 16th hole, they win $10,000.

Wilmette Golf Club General Manager Adam Kwiatkoski said the course has partnered with Swing King for six years and in that time, Nguyen is the third player to earn the prize.

A camera is set up near the hole to catch the achievement.

Five or six other times, Kwiatkoski said, golfers have sunk a hole a one — but had not entered the contest.

The contest is most popular during events, such as charity golf outings, where an entire group is offered the opportunity.

“A lot of events are looking for hole-in-one insurance. (Swing King) just streamlined it,” he said. ” … It doesn’t cost us anything. It’s just another thing to offer. And we make a little bit of money with a revenue split.” 

Nguyen did not return The Record’s messages.

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