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NH golf course hosting $1 million contest for local veterans organization

DV Farm founder Mike Rivers shakes the hand of a donor to the organization. (DV Farm/Facebook)
July 25, 2018

An New Hampshire golf course is hosting a $1 million golf tournament, and all proceeds will be directed to a local veteran organization.

Pine Grove Springs Golf Course in Spofford, N.H., is collaborating with Monadnock Radio Group and Silver Direct, Inc., to host two separate golf contests: a $1 million hole-in-one contest, and a $25,000 putting contest.

Proceeds will benefit DV Farm in Gilsum, N.H., a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless veterans overcome their obstacles and get back on their feet.

Qualifying rounds will take place from Aug. 15 through Aug. 18. Final rounds will take place on Aug. 19.

The event is open to any non-professional participants of any age. Participants can purchase balls for $1 each, or six balls for $5.

In the qualifying rounds for the hole-in-one contest, participants must get their shot as close as they can to the hole. The distance between the ball and the hole will be measured, and five of the participants with the closest shots will advance to the final round. On the day of the finals, the first participant to achieve a hole-in-one will receive the $1 million prize.

Participants in the qualifying rounds for the putting contest must make a hole in a 20-foot putt. Those who are successful will advance to the final round. All contestants will putt for increasing distances until the finalist who successfully holes a putt from 60 feet wins the $25,000 prize.

Pine Grove was established in 1900 as a feature of the Pine Grove Springs Hotel adjacent to Lake Spofford. Monadnock Radio Group operates seven broadcasting networks in the local region, and Silver Direct, Inc., is a local marketing and design agency.

DV Farm was established by former homeless veteran Mike Rivers.

The farm helps veterans overcome addictions and other issues contributing to homelessness by providing a rehabilitation program for veterans consisting of animal therapy, a work schedule on the farm, housing and meals, and the support of fellow vets who face similar challenges.

The farm balances a “tough love” approach with camaraderie.