The holidays are a time to not only visit with friends and family, but to also give thanks for all that you have in your life. It’s also a great time to show your gratitude for those who help in your life, and the special relationship between golfer and caddie is no exception.
While playing the par-3 11th hole in the second round of the 113 VISA Open de Argentina, PGA Tour Latinoamérica player Evan Harmeling made an ace that just so happened to offer a brand new car as a hole-in-one prize.
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That was a no-doubter from the moment the ball left the tee, and the resulting celebration was awesome. What could possibly make this moment any sweeter? It was what Harmeling did with his new prize immediately following the round.
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That’s right: Harmeling chose to donate his car to his caddie, Norberto Gándara, popularly known as “Beto” on Tour.
Apparently the story goes a little deeper than what we saw on TV or on social. Harmeling and Gándara had known each other for a few years prior to the event, but it wasn’t until Harmeling needed a caddie for the Argentina tournament that they became a team. During the Wednesday pro-am, the duo walked to the 11th tee where Gándara commented on how much he liked the Ford Kuga displayed behind the tee-box.
According to the PGA TOUR’s Laury Livsey, Harmeling responded with, “You like it? OK, if I make a hole-in-one, it’s yours.”
The gift was incredibly timely, considering the fact Gándara would usually leave his home more than four hours prior to his player’s tee time, catch a number of different forms of public transportation, and arrive at the course just in time to carry.