Golf ball drop from chopper

Nate Farrar, director of radiology and cardiology at Oconee Medical Center, preparing to be flown above the driving range to drop golf balls for the 2011 Golf Ball Drop.

Watching 250 golf balls being dropped from a helicopter hovering above ground is a rare and exciting experience—especially if you own one or three balls closest to the pin worth a hefty cash prize. The Golf Ball Drop is in its second year at the Oconee Medical Center Foundation Annual Golf Classic. The golf classic is set Thursday, October 25 at Seneca’s Cross Creek Plantation, and the golf ball drop will follow at 6 p-m. Debbie DuBose, foundation director, says, “if we meet our goal, the ‘owner’ of the ball that is closest to the pin will win $3,000, second closest $1,500 and third closest, $1,000. Funds raised during the Cross Creek tourney and a concurrent one at Keowee Key are to provide safety education and devices to Oconee children through Safe Kids Upstate’s Oconee County program.