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Biz Says It Was Diddled for a $93,000 Golf Trip

HOUSTON (CN) - A travel business defrauded a Texas company of $93,000 for a supposed all-inclusive four-day trip to The Masters golf tournament, the Houston business claims in court.

C&J Energy Services sued Global Events Management Group dba Global Sports Management, in Harris County Court.

Global Sports Management is based in Toronto, C&J Energy in Houston.

C&J Energy, which provides hydraulic fracking services, claims it received an unsolicited call from Global Sports Management in late 2012, pitching a travel package for the 2013 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga.

C&J says it fell for it: It agreed to pay $93,000 for 10 four-day passes to the Masters, with five nights in a hotel with catering and shuttle service.

But that's not what happened, C&J says.

On April 11, the tournament's opening day, its group met with Global Sports Management's agents, who "did not outright provide C&J with the contracted-for Masters entry badges," according to the lawsuit.

C&J says its group had to leave their driver's licenses with Global Sports' agents in exchange for their entry badges.

"At the close of the first day of the tournament, Global Events' agents instructed C&J's representatives and clients to return their Masters entry badges in exchange for regaining possession of their identifications," the complaint states.

The next morning, when C&J's group went to get their badges, Global Events' people "were nowhere to be found," C&J says.

"C&J attempted to contact Global Events and locate its agents numerous times, to no avail," the complaint states.

To top it off, C&J claims, its party was locked out of the hotel on Friday, April 12, and didn't get the catering and shuttle service it paid for, either.

C&J says it "incurred substantial costs" buying replacement airfare, hotel accommodations and passes to the tournament, (which Australian Adam Scott won with a 12-foot birdie putt in a sudden-death playoff).

C&J Energy seeks restitution and punitive damages for breach of contract, fraud, conversion and negligence.

It is represented by Daniel Pettit with Locke Lord of Houston.

Global Events Management did not return a request for comment.

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