WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – There’s a little promotion at The Greenbrier Classic this week: Any hole-in-one at the par-3 closing hole will pay $100 to every person in attendance, with escalating payments for each additional ace.
Bud Cauley wasn’t thinking about that when he left his tee shot about six inches short of the hole on Saturday, and he wasn’t thinking about it when he stepped to the tee on Sunday afternoon.
“I had no idea,” he later said of the promotion.
He’d soon find out.
Cauley made a lot of fans happy when he knocked a 7-iron shot into the cup for a hole-in-one that not only gave $100 to gallery members, but a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice and free mortgage payments for a year for one contest winner.
“It looked good in the air, then it landed and I thought it was going to be pretty close,” he said. “I didn’t know it went in at first. You obviously never think they’re going in, but it was a nice surprise.”
Cauley’s walk-off gave him a 6-under 64 for the final round, his second-lowest score of the 2013-14 season.