Amateur Walt Dennis Wins BMW with Tourney Hole-in-One

Greenville, SC - 05/17/2013

Amateur Walt Dennis, a participant in the 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, won a new BMW 325i when he made a hole-in-one in the first round of the tournament.

Dennis aced the 154-yard, 9th hole at the Thornblade Club, which serves as the host course in the three-course rotation being utilized for this week’s unique Web.com Tour event.

Dennis, president of HFI, LLC, an automotive interiors supplier in Columbus, Ohio, was paired with professional Adam Crawford when he knocked a 7-iron in to become the first amateur to win an automobile since BMW took over sponsorship of the event 13 years ago.

“I knew I hit it pretty good, but I didn’t think I hit it hard enough,” said Dennis, who plays to a 2-handicap out of Scioto Country Club in Columbus and now has five career aces. “The car never entered my mind. I was giddy because my wife (Jane) was there, Ash (Hall) was there, my partner was there. I’ve been in events where there are cars given away, but it’s got to be the right hole, it’s got to be the right temperature and it’s always somebody else that does it. I didn’t see a sign and so it would probably be for Sunday and the finals, that’s when they have a car. This is pretty special. This is just huge.”

Dennis and his partner Crawford posted a team score of 8-under 63 while Crawford carded a 4-under 67 on his own ball.

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics began construction on the Jane and Walt Dennis Golf Performance Center in March. The new indoor practice facility is set to open January 2014. The 20,800-square-foot facility will be used by both the OSU men’s and women’s golf teams and will be one of the largest collegiate indoor golf centers in the country. The center will include a heated hitting bay building, allowing year-round practice.

The Web.com Tour will visit OSU in Columbus Sept. 12-15, 2013 for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at Ohio State’s famed Scarlet Course.

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