Parma 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.
Heestand 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.”