To help Matt Heestand get the $5,000 hole-in-one prize he earned with an ace in the Lake Erie Golf Tour’s Tam-O-Shanter event, Northeast Ohio Golf contacted the insurance company that LEGT listed on their website as their sponsor, the National Hole-In-One Association.
Brad Henderson, the Advertising Manager for the National Hole-In-One Association, responded to NEOHgolf.com’s request for additional information about the LEGT’s unpaid prize to Heestand.
The following are portions from different emails that Henderson sent explaining the current situation:
“I talked with the owner of our company, and he looked into the claim. We have the claim and it is in the investigation process. We are awaiting paperwork attestations of various facts and statements from the involved parties that have not been provided to date. These attestations are required to present a claim to the insurer.
Since it’s an open claim and it is still “pending”, we can’t release additional information (about exactly what paperwork is missing) to anyone except to the parties involved.
We (on our side) have done all we can to process this claim and I’d hate to have our name associated with a negative when it’s not our fault.
We have paid out in excess of $50,000,000 cash and prizes since 1981. We pay hundreds of prizes every year. But we must have evidence from the parties claiming the prize for the insurers.
The National Hole-in has worked very hard on our internet rankings, image, etc. and would prefer you didn’t run this story.”
When it was suggested to Henderson that Chris Marino and the LEGT could provide full and complete details on the status of the claim to Heestand, to Northeast Ohio Golf, or to anyone else if they so choose, Henderson replied, “Absolutely.”
Unfortunately, three different emails to Marino since Friday morning asking for exactly what type of paperwork is still missing have gone unanswered thus far…