2,000-plus golf balls drop, 1 winner

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Amanda Clark, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent, displays the winning golf ball from the organization’s second annual Big Golf Ball Drop fundraiser recently. (Images courtesy Mark Requena Photography)

With the aid of an industrial crane, more than 2,000 balls hit the green recently at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent Big Golf Ball Drop.

The fundraiser saw one lucky man walk away with $3,000, while the non-profit organization raised $8,000.

This is the second year of the ball drop, which once again took place at Links of Kent in Chatham.

Big Brothers Big Sisters officials said ticket sales started in May and continued right up until the ball drop Aug. 11.

Cory Burt of Jebco cranes lifted a huge bucket of balls skyward, and dropped them on a pin flag. Closest to the pin walked away with the prize.

The funds raised from the fundraiser will go to helping local youth in Chatham-Kent reach their full potential.

Amanda Clark, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent, said plans are already underway for next year’s event, with improvements in the works.

“We are very excited to begin planning for next year,” she said in a media release. “The plan is to make the event even better and add some new additions. Stay tuned for more details and be sure to watch out next year for your chance to purchase golf ball tickets.”

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