Michael L. Coyne of Portland did what all golfers aspire to and many duffers dream about, he got a hole-in-one at The Hope-JG Foundation annual golf scramble last Tuesday at Val Halla Golf Course in Cumberland. This was his fifth hole-in-one.
The shot, on the 11th hole, was 150-yards and by getting the hole-in-one, he won $20,000.
Coyne described the whole day as a lucky break. “I got invited at the last minute, was late getting to the course and his team had already started playing the 11th hole.” One of the balls was already two feet from the pin, but they convinced him to take the shot anyway. “I never knew the hole was for $20,000,” he said. It was his first shot of the day.
“I don’t want the money. I’m giving it back by dividing it into four different charities,” said Coyne, who owns MC Construction Company, Inc.
The money will be donated to the foundation sponsoring the tournament, which raises money to support the fight against ALS also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”, ASPCA, a college fund for youth archery at Lakeside Archery and the rest would go into a college fund for his grandson.
Coyne has played professionally, but wasn’t at the time of this shot. Keeping the money would make him a pro again, he said, which he didn’t want.
“The money’s not going to alter my life or change my life in any way,” he added. As soon as the word of his lucky shot hit Facebook, he started getting texts, calls and emails from people wanting to borrow money, he said.
He will give the money away and move onto his next match.
During the week, he continued his winning streak by winning a member guest at Sable Oaks and tying for first in his golf league at Sable Oaks.
John Gregoire, co-founder of The Hope-JG Foundation, and Michael L. Coyne pose with the $20,000 hole-in-one check.