Suns Charities to host hole-in-one challenge Feb. 3 at Phoenix Open

For the fifth consecutive year, Phoenix Suns Charities will host the “Shot at Glory” hole-in-one challenge at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The event will take place on the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale on Wednesday, Feb. 3, and is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Suns president and Thunderbird Jason Rowley is serving as the chair for this year’s event.

Several golfers will represent various charities and take their best shot at hitting a hole in one to win $1 million for a good cause.

Phoenix Suns Charities will be represented by 2014 winner, Suns Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration and Phoenix Mercury General Manager Jim Pitman, along with Suns Broadcaster and Phoenix Mercury Vice President Ann Meyers Drysdale, and Suns Sixth Man Elite member, Doug Bowden.

Special celebrity guest, Brian McKnight, will also shoot on behalf of Phoenix Suns Charities.

In addition to the golf, fans will enjoy appearances by the Suns Gorilla and Mercury mascot, Scorch, along with entertainment from the Suns Dancers and Solar Squad.

If a hole in one is made, $1 million will be donated ($500,000 to the competitor, $500,000 to the charity of their choice) on behalf of The Thunderbirds.  If no one makes a hole in one, The Thunderbirds will donate $40,000 to the charity of the participant who is closest to the pin, while $25,000 and $15,000 will be donated to the second and third place finishers, respectively.

Each of the remaining participants’ charities will receive $1,000.

TPC Scottsdale is located at 17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale.

Since its inception, Phoenix Suns Charities has invested more than $17 million in the community. The Suns philanthropic arm enjoyed another strong year in 2015, raising more than $1.1 million for Arizona non-profits.

The Scottsdale Independent is published monthly and mailed to 75,000 homes and businesses in Scottsdale.

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