Golfer Has Lucky 7th Hole in One At UGA College Chapter Hall of Fame Foundation Golf Tournament in Athens, GA

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A hole in one is a golfer's dream and this golfer has had seven. J. Ryder Group developed the first of its kind online hole in one prize package ordering and fulfillment system.

Making a hole in one is a golfer’s dream. For one golfer, Wendell Couch of Greensboro, GA, it’s been more than just a “stroke of luck”.

Wendell Couch has always had a passion for the game. He spent more than 40 years in the golf business and currently volunteers as a rules official for the Georgia State Golf Association and several collegiate golf events. It was back in 1968 when he had his first hole in one and he’s been on a lucky streak ever since. His most recent hole in one has been the most memorable to date. He was playing in the UGA Chapter College Hall of Fame Foundation Golf Tournament at the Athens Country Club with former NFL Quarterback, Brad Johnson along with a few other friends.

It was a shot-gun start and they were on the last hole. Couch and Johnson were looking at the truck and remarked at how incredible it would be to win the Ford F-150. Couch recalls, “It was hole #5, 178 yards and we couldn’t see the hole. I was playing a Mizuno 5 wood that my son had given me. As we approached the green, I heard, ‘it’s in the hole’ and sure enough my yellow ball that I was playing was in the cup!”

The Ford Hole in One Prize Package, administered by J. Ryder Group, was a complete success all the way around for Couch and the sponsoring auto dealer, Akins Ford in Winder, GA. “This was my 7th hole in one and it sure was the most exciting. I won a two-year lease on a brand new Ford F-150 truck - and I loved the truck so much, I actually bought it,” said Couch.

“We were so excited to learn about Wendell Couch's hole in one experience! We've had great success in working with our dealers to bring these amazing prizes to tournaments. It not only presents event organizers with a powerful tool to attract players and sponsors to their events, but it also provides our dealers with an excellent marketing opportunity and great exposure in the communities they serve." said Jamie Ryder, Founder & CEO of J. Ryder Group and Golf Digest Planner

About J. Ryder Group (
J. Ryder Group has been actively involved in the golf tournament business since 1998. The firm has managed or provided services to more than 50,000 golf tournaments across the globe. They were the Executive Director for the Arnold Palmer Turning Point Invitational, which celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Arnold Palmer's U.S. Amateur Championship. The event raised $6.3 million in its first year. "This is the most incredible event I have ever been involved with in more than 60 years of golf, and I have been involved in a lot of them over the years," Palmer said.

J. Ryder Group also developed the first of its kind online Hole in One Prize Package ordering and fulfillment system that is utilized and branded exclusively through contractual relationships for major automotive companies in the U.S. and Canada including Ford Lincoln, Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo. Additionally, J. Ryder Group developed, manages and administers two entities for Golf Digest, the leading name in golf. These platforms include, a powerful tool created for golf event organizers and, a commerce website for all golf event related merchandise and contests.

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