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Helicopter drops golf balls in school fundraiser

COSTA MESA Mariners Christian School students were on the athletic field Friday for its inaugural Helicopter Golf Ball Drop for scholarships.

About 660 students watched in great anticipation for the helicopter to arrive, and waited for it to drop the almost 2,000 golf balls they had purchased for $10 each onto a makeshift golf course.

Students won prizes when their golf balls landed closest to the different golf holes.

The event was part of the school's golf tournament held Monday at Newport Beach Country Club. The tournament raised more than $50,000 to help financial aid students attend Mariners Christian, school officials said.

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