Today In WTF: Teen Golfer Loses Eligibility, $5,000 In Charity Competition
That's what the uncle of Andrew Vold, a high school senior from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, gave him to take one shot at a hole-in-one during a charity tournament at Majestic Oaks Golf Course in nearby Ham Lake. The prize for a successful ace? $5,000, a sum Vold said he'd use toward his freshman year tuition at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Vold hadn't ever hit a hole-in-one. The sponsor of the tournament says he still hasn't.
The Pioneer Press reports tournament sponsor John W. Schierman is refusing to pay up despite Vold's claim of winning the competition. In Vold's words:
The hole official was right there. She was a girl that was about 18 to 20 years old. She saw the divot, and she saw it go into the cup. We saw her watching it. People from the next hole watched it and cheered. We saw her get on the phone and call someone after it went in.
Schierman claims the hole-in-one never happened and that the hole official -- whose identity he won't reveal -- did not sign the required affidavit for him to recover the $5,000 from an insurance company he claims he bonded the prize against.
Even worse, Vold's participation in the tournament violated Minnesota high school athletics rules, and he's been declared ineligible for competition in his senior year. That's not because money was involved; it's due to a rule stating athletes “may not participate as an individual competitor or as a member of a non-school team in the same sport during the high school season.”
It gets even worse. The charity for whose benefit the tournament was held (the Andover High School swim team) was supposed to receive half the $5,000 prize, a split that wasn't announced anywhere at the tournament. They haven't gotten their money, either.
In the end, you have a high school kid who thought he'd won $5,000 but actually won $2,500 and who the tournament sponsor says has won nothing, a charity that thought they'd be getting a $2,500 windfall but haven't seen a dime, and John W. Schierman, who hasn't shown a whole lot of integrity.
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