Heestand Receives $5K LEGT Hole In One Payment

Northeast Ohio Golf

Lake Erie Golf TourParma amateur Matt Heestand received his $5,000 payment directly from the National Hole in One Association last Friday, October 14th, when the management team at NHIOA expedited the process after acknowledging the longer-than-usual delay.

Matt HeestandHeestand made his hole-in-one at the Lake Erie Golf Tour event at Tam-o-Shanter Golf Course on June 30th. The LEGT had offered a $5,000 hole-in-one prize on its website to any player making an ace at any par-3 hole at any event throughout the 2011 season. But some missing and/or incorrectly completed paperwork by LEGT Director Chris Marino delayed the payment to Heestand for months.

Heestand confirmed in person to NEOHgolf.com that he spoke last Tuesday with Brad Henderson, the Advertising Manager for the National Hole-In-One Association, about the status of the prize payment. Henderson had called and asked Heestand to mail a completed W-9 tax form as the final document needed before sending a check to LEGT Director Chris Marino, who in turn was to pay Heestand.

Heestand questioned Henderson on how much longer these two steps would add to his receiving payment. Then Heestand asked if there was an electronic way to speed the process and asked that the check be sent to him directly. Henderson stated that changing process as suggested was not company policy, but agreed given the long delay that had already occurred.

Heestand sent a completed PDF W-9 by email, and Henderson FedEx-ed a check that was received by Heestand last Friday.

“Brad Henderson took the situation seriously when we spoke on the phone and he made all the necessary arrangements to get the check to me,” said Heestand. “I think the website stories might have helped speed the last part of that process a bit, too.”


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    October 18, 2011

    And a great job Neohgolf! I am sure your story helped Matt get paid. In all fairness to insurance companies…following policy and procedure gets you paid. There’s no way a W-9 holds up funding for this long. Faxed or emailed copies of a completed and signed W-9 document are
    100% acceptable ALL the time.

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    October 18, 2011

    Nice, a story book ending.

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    October 18, 2011

    I played in all but 3 or 4 of the events. Each event I played in was run professionally and without controversy. I will admit that hearing Matt had not been paid by the insurance company Caused me concern, but I have dealt with insurance company’s many times and have faced the same frustration that Chris and Matt did. I cannot speak for the other participants but for me LEGT is far from being run poorly, and I am looking forward to next year.

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    October 18, 2011

    LEGT = half-ass run golf tour any way you slice it.

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    October 17, 2011

    Congratulations Matt.

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    October 17, 2011

    So, as stated by Chris Marino, there was a simple paperwork issue. There was no conspiracy for Matt not to be paid. Did it take longer to be paid, yes. Is Chris a bad enough guy to compare to Shurmer? Chris did this on the side to give guys a chance to play for some money. Until any if you want to run a tour, give it a rest. None of those blasting Chris or the LEGT could do any better. So, unless the LEGT directly effects you, give it a rest.
    -Steven Weir

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    October 17, 2011

    Great Shot Matt, And A Great Job On Your Part To Get The Money Owed To You. I do remember a comment on the story saying what would you say when Heestand gets paid… Great Shot. And way to take matters into your own hands to get what was owed to you. As for the LEGT. Tour Director Him and Shurmer from the Browns should consider a different Part-Time Gig.

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