Dramatic Days For Hayes Otte

The 2011 Club Car Pro-Pro Team Championship hosted by Heritage Highlands Golf Club came down to a dramatic conclusion, fitting for the top local PGA golf professionals. Three teams were at the top of the leader board matching scores with an impressive -8 under par 64 total.

In championship style the teams headed for extra holes to determine the winners. The first play-off hole started on the 10th hole as the wind was howling directly into the players face making it virtually impossible to reach this par 5 in two. However, a birdie would be more than likely required to move on to the next hole.

Heritage Highlands Golf Club was represented well with Assistant Professional Preston Otte partnering with Tucson City Golf Director Mike Hayes, Brad Volker Assistant Professional also from Heritage Highlands and his partner Hank Ravenell. The final team in the play-off consisted of Mark Jackson, golf instructor with Tucson City Golf and PGA member Todd Warren.

As the players were hitting their approach shots to the green we witness an amazing site of a mother bobcat teaching her child how to hunt prey. What was even more incredible was two seconds after Hayes hit his golf shot a rabbit came darting out of the desert directly by his feet with the bobcat in hot pursuit brushing by his leg. It happened so fast neither Hayes nor the bobcat knew what happened. That’s what I call focus!

Hayes went on to make a clutch 27 foot putt on the first extra hole as the other teams tapped in birdie putts to move on to the par 4 11th hole. Hayes again put the pressure back on the other teams after making a 12 foot birdie putt. Volker topped the birdie with his 10 footer to move on to the next hole as both Jackson and Warren watch their putts edge the hole to be eliminated from the play-off.

The par 3 12th hole was halved with pars after Hayes ran it over the corner of the hole narrowly missing his 40 foot birdie putt. As the sun was setting, they were informed that the most dramatic and controversial hole on the course, the par 4 13th hole would be the final hole played. If they tie the hole, they would be crowned Co-Champions.

After Hayes safely drove into the fairway his partner Otte, says “Should I go for it.” Hayes responds, “What do we have to lose, my ball is the middle of the fairway.” The long hitting Otte decides with his partner’s encouragement to try and thread the needle and knock it as close to green as he can on this tricky 359 yard hole. Otte reared back and gave it all he had and hit square on the club face. As the ball was heading into the darkness and over the rock formation toward the green, it was a toss up to know if the ball had made it or not?

With anticipation building as they arrived at the crest of the fairway overlooking the green, they saw the ball lying a few feet off the front of the green, virtually securing the Championship title by two putting from 40 feet. However, their competitors still had an opportunity needing to make a 30 foot birdie putt.

Hayes and Otte safely two putted for birdie as they watched on to see their competitors first putt slide by and the second attempt fall short. The 2011 Club Car Pro-Pro Team Champions Mike Hayes and Preston Otte claimed the title after a remarkable four hole play-off.

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