Win $2,500, new car at Great Golf Ball Drop Oct. 3

At 6:15 p.m., Oct. 3, at the Learning Links at Ingersoll Golf Course, 2,500 golf balls will be dropped from the sky. If the one that has your number on it is the first golf ball in the hole, or the closest one to the hole, you win a grand prize of $2,500 and a year’s supply of frozen custard from Culver’s.

This unique new event for Rockford is called “The Great Golf Ball Drop.” Anyone can purchase a single numbered ball for $5 or five balls for $20. This fund-raiser is a benefit for the Rockford Park District Foundation and the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens.

Even if you don’t win the grand prize, there are a host of other chances to win. Other prizes to be given away at “The Great Golf Ball Drop” include a round of golf for four at The General in Eagle Ridge in Galena; a set of Pro Tec golf clubs and a Chicago Bears golf bag; four tickets to a White Sox game next season; a 2008 Magic Waters pass; and a 2008 golf season permit. There is even a prize for the ball that lands farthest from the hole—a pair of airline tickets to Orlando, courtesy of Allegiant Air.

In addition to the golf ball drop, there will also be two other golf-related contests taking place from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a “beat the pro” putting contest, and Saturn of Rockford will host a hole-in-one contest. Cost to enter the hole-in-one contest is $10, and contestants must be 18 years old. If someone lands a hole in one, they will win a new 2008 Saturn Aura XR. For more information or to register for the hole-in-one contest, call the Rockford Park District Foundation at (815) 987-1630.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

from the Sept. 19 – 25, 2007, issue

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