Where’s my car? Arkansas man sues club after being denied prize

Where is my car? Arkansas man sues club after being denied award

October 18, 2022

by AmateurGolf.com staff


Austin Clagett (Wire Service Photo)

Austin Clagett (Wire Service Photo)

An Arkansas man is suing a country club and car dealership for not receiving an award offered for sinking a hole-in-one on the 10th tee of the course.

Austin Clagett and his attorney, Andrew Norwood, came to America’s Newsroom on Monday to discuss the lawsuit after he was reportedly denied keys to a new truck.

“The truck was parked next to the hole and there was a woman on the tee with binoculars and she said, ‘That’s the hole, if you make it you win it,'” Clagett told co-host Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino.

Morrilton Country Club, one of central Arkansas’ oldest golf courses in Morrilton, said anyone who hits a hole-in-one on the 10th hole has the keys to a 2022 F-150 thanks to a local dealer, Jay Hodge, would receive Ford. The competition was dubbed the “Tournament of the Century”.

Clagett, who has never hit a hole-in-one before, said he was in disbelief when he heard, “You did it, you did it!” after hitting the ball.

But when Clagett collected his prize, the dealer said he was “out of luck”.

According to Jay Hodge Ford, the club advertised the truck as a prize without their knowledge and they did not have the time to insure the vehicle.

“Unknown to us, Morrilton Country Club advertised that this new truck would be available as a winner’s prize at the event, although we had agreed it would be for display purposes only,” the company said. “Jay Hodge Ford of Morrilton would like to sincerely apologize to the community for this misunderstanding and we look forward to serving everyone in the future.”

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Clagett’s attorney, Andrew Norwood, argued that under tournament rules, the truck should belong to him.

“They made an offer that said anyone who pays your entry fee and comes here and hits that hole-in-one will win the offer,” Norwood said. “Austen accepted that offer when he paid his $375… He showed up at their request and on their hole they placed out there they stated he had hit a hole-in-one.”

The Morrilton County Club did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

The lawsuit is seeking damages equal to the truck’s sticker price — approximately $53,000 — as well as attorneys’ fees.

By Elizabeth Heckman, Fox News

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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