THE trip from Wagga Wagga to Warrnambool was certainly worthwhile for Darren Anderson.
Mr Anderson won the Nissan Micra at yesterday’s shoot-out for the Rotary Club of Warrnambool East’s annual fund-raiser.
He was nearest to the pin — 1.425m from the hole — after qualifying in December with a hole-in-one.
He said he only came across the competition by chance and planned to give the car to his mother.
“I was just down for Christmas and I saw it by accident in the newspaper,” he said. “I thought I’d line up and have a go.”
Yesterday, the win was slowly dawning on Mr Anderson who made the drive for the competition.
“I like to fly under the radar and just cruise along,” he said.
“It’s the first hole-in-one I’ve ever hit.
“You could hit about 100,000 balls and never hit one.
“I haven’t played much in the last 18 months, but I’ve had a bit of practice since I got the hole-in-one.”
Forty-four competitors were in the running for the car and more then $25,000 was raised.
Rotary Club of Warrnambool East president Peter Reeve said all proceeds from the last three days would go to the Tasmanian bushfire appeal.
“It’s been a very successful event,” he said.
“Last year we raised $20,000. This year we had 4500 competitors with 12 hole-in-ones.”