Man Sinks 96-Foot Putt to Win Bottle of Pappy Van Winkle
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WATCH: Man Sinks 96-Foot Putt to Win Bottle of Extremely Rare Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon

Pappy Van Winkle

Louisville fan Kevin Burch celebrates his 96-foot putt, which earned him a bottle of 23-Year-Old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. (Photo: Liquor Barn)

An attendee at a University of Louisville men’s basketball game Wednesday night sunk a 96-foot-putt, the length of the court, to win Liquor Barn’s “Putt for Pappy” competition to win a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23-Year Bourbon.

The winner, Kevin Burch, celebrated in tremendous fashion, ripping off and throwing his jacket and leaping around, whooping.

It is so incredibly Kentucky to reward this incredible feat with a bottle of Pappy, especially the 23-year, which is something of a crown jewel, retailing at $299 but reselling and being sold at auction for between $3,000 and $7,000. At most games in most states, the fan who completes an improbable halftime challenge receives a big check, or a car, or something. In Louisville, though, there would be nothing more fitting than a bottle of rare, fine bourbon.

It’s been a big week for Pappy. After the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, University of Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett IV celebrated his championship win and offensive MVP of the game award by drinking the same Pappy Van Winkle 23-Year straight from the bottle.

Burch’s putt was, sadly, likely the highlight of the night for many Lousiville fans, who watched their team fall 79-63 to NC State.

Burch commented on the putt on Twitter: “It’s been a pretty epic ride the past 48Hrs. I just wished it could have pumped up the Cards for the 2nd Half.”

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David Morrow is the Editor In Chief of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021. David has worked in journalism since 2015 and has had bylines at Sports Illustrated, Def Pen, the Des Moines Register and the Quad City Times. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When he’s not tasting the newest exciting whiskey releases, David enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching sports and traveling.