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By Mike Handel
The 2013 Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory came to a close Wednesday afternoon when Country Superstar Dierks Bentley’s shot landed 19 feet from the cup at the signature par-3, 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, giving him and his designated charity the win. Jim Pitman of the Phoenix Suns shot landed 29.4 feet from the pin giving him second place, while Dave Steiner of Waste Management finished third with a shot that stopped 59.8 feet from the hole.
The top three spots earned money for a charity of their choice – Bentley earned $35,000 for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Pitman earned $25,000 for Phoenix Suns Charities, while Steiner earned $15,000 for a charity yet to be determined. Each of the remaining participant’s charities received $1,000, and the tournament host Thunderbirds expect to award more than $100,000 total to each of the participants’ charities.
The patriotic-themed charity event opened with a flyover from F-16 fighter jets. The star-studded field of participants included Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher Ian Kennedy, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, former NBA star Dr. J “Julius Erving”, along with Wounded Warriors and various business leaders. This was the fifth year the unique closest-to-the pin contest was held at the 16th hole, and the first time Bentley has participated.