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SOUTH KINGSTOWN-A giant fishing net hang suspended from a crane 90 feet in the air. The crowd watches in anticipation as the fishing net, heavy with golf balls, sways in the light breeze. Suddenly, thousands of the white spheres burst out of the net lining and plummet towards the ground, striking the grassy field as though they were hailstones. Prizes for the crowd are sure to follow.
The Third Annual Golf Ball Drop Raffle is a unique event held at URIâs Athletic Fields, hosted by the South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, which brings people together for an exciting and potentially rewarding game of golf which is decided not by the swing of a nine-iron, but gravity.
âThis is a great event and a nice raffle which gives away a lot of prizes,â said Joe Iacoi, Executive Director of the South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce. âIt is growing every year.â
The golf balls which hang suspended in the fishing net are numbered one to 12,000. Each numbered ball, painted three years ago by South Kingstown High School students, represents one ticket bought by a participant. The golf balls are then dropped onto a simulated golf course below, complete with cups and flags which detail which prizes can be won. The owners of the closest golf balls to drop near any particular golf cup are the recipients of that raffle prize.
First place receives $1500 cash, along with four $500 cash prizes. 24 prizes, such as South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce gift certificates, can be won in total. âCelebrityâ judges will be on hand to determine which golf balls are closest to winning cups, including South Kingstown Town Council Vice-President Carol McEntee.
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