Woman Misses Million-Dollar Putt
Nov. 28, 1999
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) _ She wanted to be a millionaire, but Kim Haas of Dubuque, Iowa, left a putt 6 inches short.
With her heart pounding and tips from an LPGA star rolling around in her head, Haas could have won $1 million Sunday if she made a 10-foot putt in the Gillette Putting Challenge.
``I'm disappointed I left it short, but it's been a lot of fun,'' she said. ``I've enjoyed it.''
Haas, a 36-year-old mother of three, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation will both receive $25,000.
In the four years Gillette has sponsored the putting bonanza, no one has made the $1 million putt.
LPGA star Jane Blalock worked with Haas on a nearby putting green before the million-dollar attempt. She also helped pick out the line of the putt, which appeared dead-center.
``I was hoping for some miracle, a gust of wind,'' Blalock said. ``She looked pretty composed and held up well.''
Haas was randomly selected in August, and made a 10-footer worth $25,000 to qualify for this putt. She practiced 30 to 45 minutes daily the past six weeks.
``I was just trying to remember the tips Jane gave me ... keep your head down and just try to relax,'' Haas said. ``All of a sudden, I got up there and my heart started going so quick.''
Haas said the money will go toward her children's education, and possibly to help build a home in a few years.
``This was a once-in-a-lifetime thing,'' Haas said. ``This has renewed my love for golf. I'm going to join a women's league next year.''