July 06, 2014
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- George McNeill is a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Aces by George McNeill and Bud Cauley, which came within 30 minutes of each other, have given a pair of lucky PGA TOUR fans a year's vacation from mortgage payments courtesy of the Quicken Loans Hole-in-One Sweepstakes.
McNeill made the first ace, using a 4-iron from 219 yards on the eighth hole at the Old White TPC. The hole-in-one capped a stretch of four straight birdies and pulled him within a stroke of the Greenbrier Classic's overnight leader, Billy Hurley III.
And Hurley was actually standing on the first tee waiting for his 2:05 p.m. tee time and heard the roar when Cauley made the ace at the 18th hole. Cauley used a 7-iron for the 176-yard shot.
McNeill's ace benefitted Janet Alexander of Concord, Calif., while Angelisa Annichiarico from Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. was the winner when Cauley made his hole-in-one.
"I would love to have a free mortgage for a year," McNeill said. "That's great. Congratulations to Janet and ... thanks to Quicken Loans. That was the title sponsor last week up in D.C., and looks like it's going to be a great sponsor for a while."
Cauley, who did not know the identity of the winner when he spoke with the media after his round, agreed.
"That's awesome," he said. "Whoever ends up benefitting from that, I'm sure it'll help out a lot and make a huge difference in their lives. So that's quite of Quicken Loans to be able to do something like that and help somebody out."
The aces are the second and third since the Quicken Loans Hole-in-One Sweepstakes promotion began. Peter Hanson made one at Congressional's second hole during the third round of the Quicken Loans National.
Quicken Loans will continue to pay a fan's mortgage for a year for every ace through the remainder of the 2014 calendar year. You can enter the sweepstakes by clicking here.
The ace, which was the first of Cauley's career, also meant a $100 payout to each fan sitting in the stands around the 18th hole courtesy of The Greenbrier Classic. Should there be another on Sunday, the payout would be $500 each and a third would next the fans $1,000.
The Greenbrier also will give Cauley -- and any other player who makes an ace at the 18th hole -- $25,000 to go to the charity of his choice.
The hole-in-ones are the 12th and 13th of the PGA TOUR season and the second ace of McNeill's career. McNeill's first came at the 2011 OHL Classic at Mayakoba.