Talkin’ Jim Closest To The Pin Contest

A closest to the pin contest is held at the Corning Classic, each year on the 15th hole, during Tuesday’s practice round. It is open to the tour caddies only.

For $5.00 a shot (maximum 2) each looper gets to show his skills. The closest ball to the hole wins a spot in the following year’s Dresser-Rand Pro-Am held on Monday of the tournament week. All proceeds help defer the cost of the spot.

This event was dedicated to the memory of “Talkin’ Jim” Wilkinson who was tragically  taken from us by an auto accident Nov. 14, 1998.


Talkin’ Jim at the caddie putting contest.

Contest Pics


Tom Konapacki


Quiet Dave


Theresa Durand


Brian Funk

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Patty Sheehan trading places with Theresa

The Winners Tee It Up

The winning team in 1998. I earned my spot by winning the closest to the pin contest the previous year. It was 4 and 1/2 inches from an ace.


1998 Joe Valicenti, Larry Smich (me), Nicole Jeray,

Bill Burch, and Dave Dedlinski. We won the Pro-Am at 16 under.


Billy Prentice (far right) played with Caroline Blaylock in 2000.


Bobby Inman (left) played with Jan Goossens, Pro Carrie Wood, Ron Johnson and Frank LaViola Sr. in 2003. They finished 14 under in 4th place.


My second go-around in 2005. Our gracious professional was Joellyn Erdman-Crooks.

Only finished second this time.


Jeremy Young (far right) played in 2007 with Charlotta Sorenstam and finished second in a play-off.

Jeff Steffler (2nd from the left) looped for Jeremy just to get into the picture.



Sam Hinshaw played on a very frigid Monday in 2008.

Don’t worry. Somehow she stayed warm.



Straight back …


and straight through.


Hound Dog Loose

Gary “Hound Dog” Lukash was the lucky participant in the 2001 Monday Pro-Am. Playing with professional Kellee Booth and three no-talent locals, they managed to post a 9 under par round of 63.


Portrait of Despair


Tree wood in hand.


Another birdie.


Two Hall of Famers


Gary, Kelli’s Team


OH S**T!

Guest Appearance

Heather Drew gave up her winning spot in 2006 to Talkin’ Jim’s dad.


Jim the elder, teed it up with Carrie Wood

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Down the middle again.


2 Responses to Talkin’ Jim Closest To The Pin Contest

  1. […] hope alive! Even though this will be our last Corning Classic, The Talkin’ Jim Closest to The Pin Contest will still be held. All proceeds will be donated to local Corning charities but unfortunately, the […]

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