Land surveyor Mark Severtson is the man to beat in a hole-in-one golf contest in southern Minnesota.

6/19/2008 10:26:18 AM
By Greg Peterson
Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
The man to beat.
That would be Stewartville sharp shooter Mark Severtson. The event? The 17th annual Million Dollar Shootout, the Rochester Senior Citizens Center's hole-in-one golf contest that runs next Tuesday through Friday at Hadley Creek Golf Learning Center in northeast Rochester (formerly Hawthorne Hills) as part of Rochesterfest.
Severtson has beat the odds to win the event twice in the last five years. So two million bucks? No, the million-dollar payout is awarded only if a golfer in the final shootout scores a hole-in-one on their last shot.
To advance to the million-dollar shootout round, which will be held June 27 around 6 p.m., golfers must have the closest shot to the hole during one of the eight sessions, two per day, Tuesday through Friday. Winners of the eight sessions pocket $500 prizes. The Shootout winner, if no hole-in-one, takes home a $1,000 first prize.
Severtson says the final shootout is filled with tension.
"I was nervous as heck. They make quite a production out of it. TV cameras are there, they introduce everyone. You pick a number and whoever gets one goes first. It's exciting and nerve-wracking," Severtson said. "You hope you don't whiff."
No chance of whiffing for Severtson, a 1976 Hayfield High School graduate who has worked the last 30 years at McGhee & Betts, Inc. in Rochester as a land surveyor. ...