BETHEL Golfer makes $20,000 putt
BETHEL — Dave Patrick has been playing golf for more than 30 years and knows the chances of sinking a 100-foot putt are pretty slim—even if you’re Tiger Woods.
But he wanted to try anyway when he saw he could win $20,000 in a contest at the Police Department’s annual fundraiser.
“If you’re going to give me one swing at $20,000, I’m going to take it,” he said.
Patrick, a Bloomfield resident and the construction manager with Downes Construction, the company building the new police station, was the first qualifier to take a turn.
He drained the ball into the hole in a single stroke.
Patrick said the green had a big slope, and he feared he hadn’t hit the ball hard enough to make it over the hill.
“It got to the hill, and it kept rolling, and kept rolling,” Patrick said. “It’s absolute luck that it fell into the bottom of the cup.”
Danny Blumberg, of TrueNorth Financial Solutions, who sponsored the contest, said he was shocked and thrilled.
“It was great,” he said. “Everyone was super excited for it. The roar of the putt brought everyone out of the clubhouse.”
Golfers paid $10 to enter the contest. The three golfers who hit the ball closest to the hole on the first round then qualified for the $20,000 prize, which could only be won with a hole-in-one.
Blumberg said the contest also raised $1,200 for the department.
“It’s a win-win for everybody,” he said.
The annual golf tournament benefits the Bethel Police Benevolent Association. Officers said they haven’t yet calculated how much the fundraiser, held Oct. 1, brought in.
Blumberg said he is a big supporter of law enforcement because he had come close to becoming a police officer until an accident on his farm impaired his vision. He now works in financial planning for TrueNorth, based in Newtown and White Plains, N.Y.
“I try to do as much as I can for the officers,” he said. “That’s why I loved it so much that this happened.”
Patrick said he sent a text message of disbelief to his wife when he won.
He said the money will likely go toward a vacation they are planning with their two kids to celebrate their upcoming 40th wedding anniversary, a trip he said will certainly include golf.
“Maybe that trip just got a little bit nicer,” he said.