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Best & Worst prizes you have seen given away at charity golf outings

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I am curious to hear some of the best prizes and worst prizes you have been or seen awarded at a charity golf outing.

I will start, I played in a charity scramble for a friend's family's church at a 9 hole course a few summers ago.  It was a great outing, good people, friendly non competitive atmosphere.

Anyway - the longest drive was a driveable par 4 with 2 sand traps (risk reward type)  I hit my tee shot and left it inches short of the trap in the fairway.  I hit it about as long as you can hit it without going into the trap or putting it on the green.

The award was the best part.  It was 2 sleeves of golf balls.  2 sleeve's of purple lady's golf balls.

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Won a long drive award several years ago. Got a copy of Ray Floyd's book "From 40 yards in".

Took first place in a scramble last year. Prize was an obsolete Bushnell GPS range finder. (Wish we came in second - would have got golf bags). Donated the range finder to my next tournament for a silent raffle. No takers - had to give it away.

Always liked trophies or dated award gifts, something to hang on the wall or put in a case. The merchandise given away is soon forgotten.

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Haven't been part of too many winning teams at charity outings.  I once got a hole-in-one while playing in a Michigan Amateur Golf Tour event and the guy running it wanted to give me something so I got a sweater vest (couple sizes too large).  Hey, it's the thought that counts, right?

Best prize was winning the Member/Guest with my father at his club.  Trophy was a Waterford Crystal bowl into which a basketball would easily fit.  The bowl sits on a wooden base that has "1996 Champions - TPC Prestancia Member/Guest".  The cool thing is my wife can use the crystal bowl as a centerpiece on the dinner table and leave the base in a cabinet.  We also got pro shop credits, TPC luggage and other stuff that is long gone but that crystal bowl still brings a shine to our formal dinner table.

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Not that I win very much (i.e. anything!) but in general don't look to charity events to give great prizes - I'd rather see donations go to the charity (though many prizes are merchandise donations and not deducted from the donations).  But, I do play in a big event every May (coming up next week!) that has killer schwag.  Hasn't been as good the last couple of years but a couple of sleeves of balls (Pro V1's and NXT's), shirt, hat, towels, gloves, food items (awesome Newman's Own), and assorted/miscellaneous goodies are the normal items.  Best of all though is that it is for an amazing cause that I'd gladly support without the goodies.

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