Winners with their new Chevy vehicles. (Courtesy photo)

On her final shot of the two-day Chumash Charity Golf Classic, Maxine Littlejohn hit a hole-in-one on a hole sponsored by Rio Vista Chevrolet in Buellton and earned a new car for each member of her foursome back in August.

On Friday, Littlejohn and her teammates Sandy Beguhl, Robert Corbi and A.J. DeDios picked up their new cars from the dealership, which sponsors more than 20 charity golf tournaments each year and, since 1991, had given away 15 vehicles to lucky winners.

“Now we can say that number has risen to 19 with Maxine’s hole-in-one — it is definitely the most exciting hole-in-one yet,” said Sam Sell, dealer principal for Rio Vista Chevrolet. “A select group of people get to brag about getting a hole-in-one, even fewer get to say they won a vehicle because of it.

“Maxine gets to boast that her hole-in-one won her entire foursome a vehicle. It really is extraordinary.”

Littlejohn, the secretary/treasurer for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians business committee, recorded the ace on a 165-yard shot from the Alisal River Course’s par-3 ninth hole.

“It was a wonderful event for a great cause, and ending my day on the course like that is something I’ll never forget,” Littlejohn said.

Funds raised by this year’s Chumash Charity Golf Classic will benefit Los Padres Council, Boys Scouts of America and their capital campaign to rebuild the fire-damaged Camp Rancho Alegre.

The event also helps to fund the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ Technology in Schools Program, which is aimed at fulfilling high-tech needs in Santa Barbara County classrooms.

The final amount raised by the Chumash Charity Golf Classic will be announced in the coming weeks.

“California is continually struggling with wildfires, so Rio Vista Chevrolet was proud be a part of the 2019 Chumash Charity Golf Classic, helping to raise money to rebuild our recently destroyed Camp Rancho Alegre,” Sell said.

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has donated more than $25 million to hundreds of groups, organizations and schools in the community and across the nation as part of the tribe’s long-standing tradition of giving.

For more about the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation and its giving programs, visit

— Veronica V. Sandoval for Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.