On June 30th, Matt Heestand of Parma made a hole-in-one in the Amateur Division at the Lake Erie Golf Tour event at Tam-O-Shanter Golf Club in Canton.
That ace was supposed to net Heestand a cool $5,000 prize through a season-long sponsorship deal with the National Hole In One Association, payable for any hole-in-one made by any player all season long, according to the LEGT website.
But almost three months after the hole-in-one that Canton event, Heestand has yet to receive his $5,000 payment.
LEGT Director Chris Marino says that an error in the paperwork submitted to the National Hole In One Association has created the delay. Marino would not disclose the nature of the paperwork error, but took responsibility for the problem and delay.
Marino further states that the error has since been sorted out, that the check is being processed, and that Heestand will receive payment soon.
Marino also says that he has remained in contact with Heestand throughout the process, and that “Matt has been very cool about the whole situation.”
Marino has promised a follow-up with the NHIO this week.