An Arkansas man who thought he won a truck after scoring a hole-in-one during a tournament is now suing the tournament host.
Austin Clagett thought he had hit the jackpot after landing a hole-in-one during a golf tournament held at the Morrilton Country Club on Saturday (October 8). A now-removed post made by the country club the previous day advertised that any competitor who got a hole-in-one on hole #10 would receive the keys to a 2022 Ford F-150 4×4 Supercrew. The truck was valued at $52,595, making for one heck of a prize for the lucky golfer!
But, to Clagett’s surprise, neither the country club nor the Ford dealership are honoring the prize promise. So, Clagett hired an attorney and has filed a lawsuit against both business and claims he was cheated out of the prize.
“This is about doing what is right,” Clagett’s attorney Andrew Norwood said in a statement. “Mr. Clagett lived up to his end of the deal when he got the hole-in-one and now Morrilton Country Club and Jay Hodge Ford of Morrilton want to crawfish out of the deal. If they didn’t want to pay up when Mr. Clagett got a hole-in-one, they shouldn’t have offered the deal.”
The Morrilton Country Club advertised the giveaway in mid-September while promoting the tournament.
They stated that Jay Hodge Ford “has given us a truck to give away.” But, the dealership disputes these claims.
In a statement posted to Facebook on Tuesday (October 11), Jay Hodge Ford claimed that the truck was parked at the golf course only for display and that it had been promoted as a prize without their consent.
“While management at the golf course desired for our dealership to provide the truck as a prize for a hole-in-one on the course during the event, we were unable to fulfill this request due to the lead time required to provide insurance for a hole-in-one vehicle,” Jay Hodge Ford wrote. “This was clearly communicated to Morrilton Country Club management, and the club agreed that the dealership would provide a new truck for display/advertising purposes only.”
Morrilton Country Club has not responded to a request for comment.