Iowa QB sinks hole-in-one, but has to forgo prize

Updated: June 5, 2006, 2:16 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The golf course giveth -- and the NCAA taketh away.

Iowa quarterback Drew Tate hit a hole-in-one at a charity golf tournament on Friday, a feat entitling him to $25,000 toward the purchase of a new car.

James White, 31, of Cedar Falls, told the Iowa City Press-Citizen that Tate was prepared to cash in the prize and spend the winnings on a new Harley-Davidson.

But Tate's visions of a thundering down Iowa highways on two wheels were short-lived.

Iowa Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby, who was present for the tournament, let Tate know that he couldn't accept the prize. That would be against NCAA regulations, since Tate, the 2004 all-Big Ten quarterback, has a year of eligibility left.

Using a 6-iron, Tate aced the 178-yard 6th hole at Finkbine Golf Course, the University of Iowa's golf course in Iowa City. Two of his playing partners told the Press-Citizen that Tate's shot flew a few feet beyond the hole, then spun back in.

Was Tate angry about the motorcycle that got away? No, White told the newspaper.

"He said, 'No, not really because if it weren't for football and the university, I wouldn't be playing in this outing anyway,'" White said.