Bismarck and Mandan golf courses turned into an episode of “The Price Is Right” this week.
Just two days after Jeff Evink sank a hole-in-one at Riverwood to win a Jeep at a fundraiser for Bismarck High School football, Brian Barrett of Bismarck pulled off the same feat on Thursday at Prairie West in Mandan.
Barrett’s hole-in-one, the fourth of his career (fifth if you count the one he made in a simulator), came on the seventh hole at Prairie West during a fundraiser for Legacy High athletics.
When the 167-yard, 5-iron rolled some 20 feet into the bottom of the jar, Barrett, as Bob Barker would have said, won a brand new car, a 2019 Honda Civic from Bismarck Motor Company.
“When I saw the two Legacy football players that were at the hole as witnesses raise their hands, I knew it went in,” said Barrett, who played golf at Century High. “I kind of did a double-take because you never expect it to actually happen.
“It’s probably as close as I’ll ever to get to feeling like a professional. It can’t get much better than that.”
Barrett’s previous aces came at Edgewood in Fargo (1997), Hawktree (2014) and Riverwood (2018).
“I didn’t hit it pure, but it was on a good line. It hit probably 20 feet from the hole and grabbed a little,” Barrett said. “It started rolling, hit the pin and went in.”
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The seventh hole at Prairie West is protected by bunkers in the back and to the right and the tee shot is over water. Also, Barrett’s 5-iron was hit into a stiff wind, he said.
“It’s a difficult shot.”
Difficult and memorable.
Barrett’s foursome included his son, Logan, one of his best friends, Bill Kalanek and his daughter, Ava. Logan plays football, basketball and golf at Legacy.
“That was the best part. My son was there. Bill and Ava, who are like family. It was special,” Barrett said.
Not only that, it came on the 21st wedding anniversary to his wife, Libby Barrett, who said, “I’m shocked. What are the chances?”
The car, however, is unlikely to serve as an anniversary present, but it may remain in the family.
“(Logan) drives a much older car. Maybe he’ll be getting a new one,” Brian said of his 6-foot-4, 200-pound son. “If he fits in it.”