First "Lessons of A Lifetime" winner headed to Butch Harmon's golf school in Las Vegas

By Mike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

Janet Fryer doesn't have aspirations of playing golf for a living; she just wants to enjoy the game a little more, which is just one of the reasons she was so thrilled to learn she won the first leg of the "Lessons of A Lifetime" contest, presented by

Butch Harmon Lessons Contest
Butch Harmon Lessons ContestButch Harmon

Fryer, a 59-year-old real estate agent from the resort town of Christina Lake, British Columbia, Canada, has won a three-night, two-day golf school package at the Butch Harmon golf school in Las Vegas. The contest, which is also sponsored by and Rio Secco Golf Club, includes three nights accommodations at a Harrah's hotel, two days of instruction from Harmon and his staff professionals, computerized video analysis and a nine-hole playing lesson at Rio Secco. The total package is valued at $3,900.

"I am so excited," she said. "I couldn't believe it. You enter things all the time, but you never expect to get a phone call. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm sure I'll learn a lot."

Ranked No. 1 on Golf Digest's 50 greatest teachers list, Harmon gained fame coaching Tiger Woods and Greg Norman to the top of the world rankings and currently counts Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Jose Maria Olazabal and Adam Scott among his students.

Fryer and her husband Merv, who is a 13-handicap, just started playing the game about five years ago. Fryer, who is a grandmother of four (with two more on the way soon), doesn't have an official handicap, but says if she did it would probably be the maximum. She and her husband are members at Christina Lake Golf Club and also live in a golf course community at their winter home in Brownsville, Texas.

She said she enjoys the regular e-mail newsletter she receives, which is where she signed up for the sweepstakes. "I just love the game," she said.

Fryer is no stranger to Las Vegas. The couple usually stops at Sin City during their motor home migrations to and from Texas, having attended the national rodeo championships in Las Vegas in December on several occasions.

The promotion continues with more prize winners to be announced this year. The next drawing will be Aug. 10. Both the first- and second-leg winners receive the golf school and accommodations as well as transportation to and from the hotel to the school at Rio Secco and lunch each day.

A grand prize winner will be drawn on Sept. 25. The grand prize includes four nights at Caesars Palace Hotel Resort & Casino, three days of personal instruction with Harmon and his staff, video analysis, a nine-hole playing lesson at Rio Secco and an 18-hole playing lesson at Cascata, one of the most exclusive and best golf courses in America. Like the first two prizes, lunch is provided each day as well as transportation between Caesars and Rio Secco and Cascata. Total value of the package is $5,900.

Click here to enter. (There is a limit of one entry per person.)

Mike BaileyMike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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