Allan Ross got the expensive car he thought he deserved all along for a hole-in-one at a charity golf tournament in May.
Ross aced the third hole at Granite Bay Golf Club during the Foundation Cup Golf Tournament.
A new Kia K900 was on the tee, which Ross believed was his prize for the feat.
Event organizers, other players and the Kia dealer who had sponsored the par 3, 172-yard hole congratulated Ross. But Ross was later informed that the actual prize wasn’t the K900 parked on the tee box.
Ross said the car dealer, Jon Peterson of Folsom Lake Ford and Kia, told him that he was eligible only for a credit of $25,000 toward a new vehicle purchase. At a starting retail price of nearly $60,000, the K900 is the South Korean automaker’s most expensive luxury sedan.
However, the Eureka Schools Foundation, the group that put on the event, said Folsom Lake Kia and the Peterson family decided to donate a new 2015 Kia K900 after all.
Ross said Thursday that he was “super-happy” that the dispute was over, calling it a long ordeal.
“In the end, the Peterson family came up with the car and they resolved to make it right,” he said. “That is very positive.”
The car Ross received is valued at $60,000 and similar to the one on the golf course the day he sank his tee shot.
Vehicle prizes are common features at charity golf tournaments, giving participants a chance to win a car with one shot. One insurer estimated the odds of winning a car at 13,000-to-1.
It was the first time in 20 years that any golfer at the Eureka Schools Foundation event had accomplished the feat. The tournament annually raises money for the Eureka Union School District, whose K-8 campuses serve neighborhoods in Granite Bay and east Roseville. The golf event raised more than $90,000 for Eureka Union schools, according to a news release.
“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,” a news release from the Eureka Schools Foundation stated. “We will be putting additional processes in place to prevent such misunderstandings in the future.”
Peterson had said that he sponsored a hole at the Eureka tournament for two years. At those tournaments, organizers provided a “tee sheet” that specified that his dealership’s prize would have a $25,000 limit. He also said that a sign at the hole provided by his insurer spelled out the same restriction in the past.
He acknowledged that neither of those things happened this year.
Ross, 44, a Roseville chiropractor, said he saw no sign or disclaimer anywhere near the vehicle. After getting the bad news, Ross had his attorney, Daniel Martinez, send a demand letter June 17 asking for the K900 and threatening litigation.
Two days later, Folsom Lake Kia responded in a letter saying that a sign “conspicuously states in oversized font that the hole in one prize is a new 2014 Ford or Kia and does not state ‘this’ or ‘this vehicle.’ ” The letter noted that the dealer was only a sponsor of the event and therefore shouldn’t be held liable.
But Ross said he did not blame the foundation because he felt the dealer was responsible for the prize. Ross said he was informed that the actual car at the golf course that day had been sold.
Peterson, who had said that the dispute would be resolved to Ross’ satisfaction, made good on that pledge Thursday when Ross picked up a silver K900 from the dealership.
“He’s doing the paperwork as we speak,” Peterson said. “He loves the car, I can tell you that. It is good that it is resolved. I’m glad we could work it out.”
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