Hollywood, CA - On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, The Tiger Woods Foundation along with the Chevron
World Challenge put on a Putter's Challenge at a custom built practice greens at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood.
It was designed by the Back 9 Greens for the special event. The Putters Challenge is an advertisement for the upcoming
Chevron World Challenge on December 1st at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA.
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The greens, were a 3 hole putter range
with a small sand trap that was set up in the middle of main court yard with security gates all around these special practice
greens. About 20 feet away were 2 booths with music playing and a drawing for a chance to win a free round
of golf at the Sherwood Country Club.
Gathered around the gates were golfing fans and shoppers waiting for the appearance of Tiger
Woods. The hour before Tiger's appearance the sponsors, Chevron Prize team and Sherwood Country Club gave away, Polo Shirts,
T-Shirts, Baseball hats, and golf balls to golf fans that answered golf trivia questions correctly. All fans watching were
given a free pass , a grounds ticket to play for one day between November 30th , 2011 through December 2 . The
passes are valid for Wednesdays through Fridays only.
Three lucky fans answered very hard questions
correctly and they got to putt on the practice greens for a gift bundle if they were to sink the golf ball in the hole. The
prize bundle included: a Polo Shirt, a Hat and a small plush stuffed tiger, and 2 free passes to the Sherwood Country Club.
Tiger Woods arrived wearing a microphone,
he waived to the fans and then three contests winners took a little time choosing their putters and the putters contest began.
Each one had to put 3 rounds and the winner would win a dream package (a ticket to the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood
Country Club on December first.) The winner will get to go behind the ropes and walk with Tiger Woods for the first round
of the Chevron World Challenge. Runners-up received an Nintendo Wii bundle signed by Tiger or VIP tournament tickets.
On the practice greens the Tiger was the first one up. He bent down and read the greens
for the perfect spot . He stood up and took his swing. The ball rolled down the greens and stopped just short of the hole.
The look on Tiger's face was puzzled. The ball should have sunk in the hole. The next person eyed the angle and took his swing
and he over shot the hole. Carole Alexander was next, a 67-year-old woman from Los Angeles, her exciting putt had made another
round with Tiger and the other contestants. Woods was helping Alexander read putts, and he gave her a high-five when she made
her 10-foot putt from off the green.
The last person to swing was Rick Tolentino,
from Ventura CA. Appearing more confident than the other two contestants, Tolentino read the greens and the swung his ball
rolled down the greens and went right over the hole. On the second round Tiger was up this time he was determined to get the
ball in the hole and it was the second hole the ball rolled and stopped just inches from the hole. He sunk it in on his second
Tiger was giving advice during the contest
to the others on the green on how to read the greens better and pointed out, “The greens are not regulation specific,
there are some dips in the greens and the AstroTurf is a bit soft so it is a bit more difficult to make the ball go where
you wanted it to go.”
Tiger Woods stopped the contest
for a moment and then took a swing and the ball rolled and went in to the hole. The audience could see Tiger's big smile and
the crowd cheered. Rick Tolentino was up next and the ball rolled into the hole. The other two contestants did not get their
balls into the holes. Rick Tolentino won the Challenge and will be walking with Tiger woods for he first round of the Chevron
World Challenge After the contest was over Tiger Woods signed autographs and pictures with fans.