EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (CN) - A church and a golf course stiffed a golfer for a vacation to Pebble Beach after he shot a hole in one, the golfer claims in court.
Donald Beiermann sued the Rolling Hills Golf Course and Abundant Life Community Church, in Madison County Court.
He claims the church sponsored a golf scramble at the course on May 20, and that there was a "large sign" at the 17th hole that day, "awarding a Pebble Beach golf vacation for four with a prize value of $11,000 for a hole in one."
Sure enough, Beiermann says, he aced it, and the shot was witnessed by the other three members of his foursome and two tournament workers.
"The plaintiff announced to his foursome that he was taking all of them to Pebble Beach, and a celebration ensued," the complaint states.
However, Beiermann claims, "unbeknownst to plaintiff, defendant Abundant Life entered into an insurance agreement with U.S. Hole-in-One to insure against this loss for a fee of $309.00, but the insurance agreement required that the yardage of the hole be 165 yards or longer."
Unfortunately for the foursome, "hole 17 only had a distance of 149 yards according to the scorecard, and due to the mistake, the insurance will not cover the hole in one," the complaint states.
Beiermann says Rolling Hills and Abundant Life "have pointed the finger at one another for the mistake" and refuse to honor their promise.
He seeks damages for breach of contract and negligence.
He is represented by Michael Glisson, with Williamson Webster, Falb & Glisson, in Alton, Ill.
In a golf scramble, all members of a team tee off, then choose the best ball, and all team members hit a second shot from there, and so on.
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