GRANITE BAY, CALIF - The golfer who felt cheated out of a $66,000 luxury sedan following a hole-in-one shot at a charity tournament will get a car similar to the one that was parked at the tee, event organizers announced Wednesday.
Allan Ross, 44, a Roseville chiropractor, made the lucky shot off the third tee May 7 at the Granite Bay Golf Club in a tournament benefiting the Eureka Schools Foundation.
Parked at the tee was a white 2015 Kia K900, and Ross was joined for photographs in front of the car by tournament sponsors Chuck and Jon Peterson of Folsom Lake Kia.
Shortly afterwards, Ross learned the actual prize was a $25,000 gift certificate and not the luxury Kia.
Ross complained of a "bait and switch" by Folsom Lake Kia and contacted News10 after the dealership sent him a letter pointedly telling him it considered the case closed.
In multiple conversations with News10, Folsom Lake Kia general manager Jon Peterson conceded that inadequate steps had been taken to make it clear the car parked at the tee was for display only and was not the intended prize.
Last week Peterson pledged to resolve the dispute, and late Wednesday the tournament organizers issued a statement saying Ross would get a car comparable to the one displayed at the golf course:
Eureka Schools Foundation (ESF) is pleased to announce that it has resolved the "hole in one" controversy stemming from the annual charity golf tournament held in May. Our long time sponsors, Folsom Lake Kia and the Peterson family, made this resolution possible by donating a brand new 2015 Kia K900 (valued at more than $60,000), similar to the one located on the green for advertising purposes.
ESF is comprised of community volunteers dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for the children of Granite Bay and Roseville. During the 20 years that ESF has conducted its charity golf tournament, we have never had a golfer make a hole in one on the prize-winning hole. Mr. Ross' shot brought to our attention that there was a misunderstanding between the commitment of our sponsor, Folsom Lake Kia, and the expectations of our participants. We will be putting additional processes in place to prevent such misunderstandings in the future.
Our community and ESF are fortunate indeed to have a sponsor like Folsom Lake Kia and the Peterson family, and we are grateful to put this matter behind us and to resume focus on the fast approaching 2014/2015 school year.
In a text to News10, Ross said he was pleased the issue had been settled and was excited to drive the new car.