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‘Holey Moley’ winner donating prize money to Mammoth Film Festival

Published: Sep. 25, 2020 at 9:59 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -Tanner Beard rose to national prominence this summer, winning season two of ABC’s reality show ‘Holey Moley’.

“I remember just losing my mind,” said Beard.

He beat out three other finalists to win the $250,000 grand prize.

“Looking back on it now, it was pretty chaotic, just the emotions and stuff that you’re feeling,” added Beard. “My course to get to the final four was crazy.”

He was all but out of the competition until another finalist had to drop out for personal reasons. So Beard went head-to-head with another contestant in a playoff hole for the final spot. And he made it.

“I know it’s just putting and mini golf," admitted Beard. “But with a prize like that, you’ve got to take it pretty serious; on a show that doesn’t take itself that serious."

One thing he does take serious is the movie industry, where he is an actor and producer. He is also the co-founder of the Mammoth Film Festival, and plans to donate his prize money to the Mammoth Media Institute, the non-profit that funds the festival and other programs for up-and-coming film makers.

“I keep saying the word grateful, but I am,” gushed Beard. “Just so grateful that everything that we’ve been building happened to coincide with something that I love, which is our passion for golf. Let alone be on an incredibly fun and exciting television show. It was just a really special thing.”

Hopefully this national exposure will bring more attention to the film festival, and Beard himself as an actor. He’s already had roles in 30 projects so far.

“I hope it takes off,” admitted Beard. “You know, I mean it’s one of those things. Who doesn’t hope they have a dope acting career.”

He’s also come out with his own line of golf apparel and athletic wear, where 50 percent of all sales go to benefit the Mammoth Film Festival. You can find out more information at the link below.

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