WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS —
For at least a while, there were lots of golf fans cheering “Roll Tide” along the 18th hole on Sunday.
That might change when Alabama plays West Virginia on the gridiron in August, but Bud Cauley did make an awful lot of folks $100 richer with a hole-in-one on the final hole.
A product of Alabama, Cauley aced the 175-yard par-3 18th hole to complete a sterling 6-under par 64 during the final round of The Greenbrier Classic.
That shot earned each spectator watching at the time around the 18th hole a $100 bill.
“It was a great way to finish,” Cauley said. “It was a pretty good club for me. I had good yardage, just a nice little cut 7-iron in there and made a good swing.”
The Greenbrier chairman and owner Jim Justice quickly made good on his promise to those in the gallery around the final hole. He called for a bag of money and started handing out $100 bills.
“We started this a long time ago, we said we would give everybody in the crowd a hundred if they made the first hole-in-one, $500 on the second and a $1,000 on the third,” Justice said. “It creates a lot of excitement, I didn’t really expect it to happen, it costs me big bucks, that is all there is too it ... .
“We gave real money, I had to call them and they brought me a bag of money, and up in the stands I went.”