They're saying it was the most exciting Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce golf tournament ever
On Hole No. 3 at Gunter's Landing, Drew Lybrand sank a hole-in-one good for a new Chevy Colorado pickup truck sponsored by Dale Benton Chevrolet. It was the second hole-in-one in the tournament’s history, but the first for an automobile, Chamber president Morri Yancy said.
Hole-in-one witnesses Sandra Moody and Lisa Beam saw and verified the shot.
Drew, 22, was playing as part of the Coca Cola team. That's his employer. It was his first ever hole-in-one.
"I consider myself an average player," he said. "I play at least 2 or 3 times a month."
Hole No. 3 is a 165-yard, par 3. Drew hit it with a 5-iron.
"I actually should have been hitting a 6-iron," he said. "I just told myself to swing smooth, swing smooth."
The ball landed 2 or 3 feet off the green and "took a kick" towards the pin, where it rolled right in.
"It looked as though there were a string pulling it in the hole," Drew said. "I was speechless."
He said he's been playing golf half his life and had always wanted to hit a hole-in-one. Initially, he was more excited about that. Then he looked over and saw the truck sitting there.
"After I got over the initial shock, I noted that on top of getting the hole-in-one, there was a truck sitting there," he said.
The win came at a good time for Drew and his wife Leigh Allison.
"I've had a bout with vehicles lately," he said. "I'd just really like to thank the Chamber for sponsoring this tournament and Dale Benton Chevrolet for sponsoring the truck."
Drew was not initially scheduled to play in the tournament but was asked late.
"I was like 2nd or 3rd string for my team," he said.
Drew was asked to substitute the day before the tournament. He said he hopes he is invited to play on the Coca-Cola team again next year.
Steven Worthy, head golf professional at Gunter’s Landing, said it has been a while since they have had someone make a hole-in-one for an automobile at Gunter’s Landing.
Drew's wife Leigh Allison is majoring in education at Jacksonville State University. Leigh Allison said with a laugh that she is actually the better golfer in the family.
Chamber president Morri Yancy said she is thrilled for Drew and Leigh Allison.
"It was the most exciting golf classic in our 17-year history!" she said.
Dale Benton Chevrolet general manager Phillip Walker said they are also very glad Drew won the car.
"We've been doing this for 15 years as a company and it's the first time we've actually had someone win," Walker said. "It couldn't have gone to someone more deserving."
The dealership isn't out the full cost of the Colorado, a mid-sized pickup truck valued at about $25,000. They bought an insurance policy in the event someone won.
"We want someone to win," Walker said. "It's a win-win for everybody."
While they didn't take home a truck, there were other winners at the Chamber tournament.
The CA Langford team took 1st place. Its members were Paul Bruce, Nick Lee and JD Miles; 2nd place was the McDonald’s team of Brad Bruce, John Bruce, Kenneth Downs and Rick Wheeler; 3rd place was the Jacksonville State University team of Eric Brasher, Ralph Burke, Don Killingsworth and Keith Riley.