Columbia boy wins golf date with Woods

Eliot Bogan, 7, has never played golf, but he will learn from one of the best ever.
Friday, October 10, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:05 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Flying in an airplane makes Columbia’s Eliot Bogan more nervous than meeting Tiger Woods.

Eliot, 7, and his family will travel to Orlando, Fla., to receive a golf lesson from Woods after winning “The Dan Patrick Show’s Ten Tigers in Ten Days Promotion” on Thursday on ESPN Radio.

The promotion asked one sports trivia question each day for 10 days. After the final day, the show took one correct e-mail winner and the first phone call with the correct answers.

Dan Bogan, Eliot’s father, listened for all 10 days and had the answers. Dan Bogan said he would have gotten nine of the 10 right without using the Internet to verify his answers.

He then urged Janet Bogan, his wife, to call for him. She was on hold for five or six minutes before she went on the air Thursday with the correct answers.

One of the 10 questions asked for a Missouri basketball player who was drafted in 1992. When Janet Bogan correctly answered Anthony Peeler, she followed it with, “Go Mizzou.”

“It’s almost like winning a mini lottery,” Dan Bogan said.

The trip is five days and four nights, capped by a trip to Epcot Center, where Eliot Bogan and Woods will go on a ride together. The family was unsure when it would travel to Florida or how many family members can go.

Eliot has never played golf, but he spent Thursday evening at home with a golf tee in hand. Dan Bogan said he has to start looking for a set of clubs for Eliot, a 3-foot-11 second-grader at Ridgeway Elementary.

“He’s more nervous riding in the plane than anything else,” Janet Bogan said. “Prior to today, Dan’s been talking to him about (the contest) … you just never think one of those things, you’d be the person to get to do that.”

The thought of meeting Woods hasn’t sunk in with the Bogans, who haven’t thought about what they would say to him.

“I think he’s an awesome golfer and I would just be in awe of meeting him,” Janet Bogan said.

It isn’t the first contest Janet Bogan has won. She also won $1,000 from a radio station in Raleigh, N.C., in a Christmas contest.

The Bogans agree the chance to meet Woods is the best contest win they have had.

“It’s got to be tops,” Dan Bogan said. “Neither of us has won anything like this. Just a chance to meet someone famous.”

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