CARL RUSSO/Staff photo Santa received plenty of help at the 49th annual Hole-in-One Contest to benefit the Gazette Santa Fund held the weekend of October 9-12 at Murphy's Garrison Golf Center.

In the nearly half-century since Ted and Mary Murphy began hosting the Hole-in-One Contest, it has raised more than $200,000 for the Santa Fund. There was also the short-distance putt, which participants used to qualify for a chance at a big-money grand prize.

“You don’t have to be a golfer,’’ Mary said of people who participated “You can meet up with your friends or see people you haven’t seen for a while, and it’s for a good cause.’’