DATs DAVIS: Morrilton Country Club Sued By Arkansas Native Over Hole-In-One Prize

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The phrase “put your money where your mouth is” fits the Morrilton Country Club’s situation involving Arkansas native Austin Clagett almost perfectly. The golf club is being sued by Clagett for allegedly failing to uphold their end of the deal. Clagett’s complaint is that the country club promoted a new Ford-150 as a prize to any challenger that successfully hits a hole-in-one on the 10th hole.

Clagett reportedly stepped up to answer the challenge that officials say was being marketed as the “Tournament of the Century.” Clagett successfully sunk a hole-in-one but instead of obtaining the keys to the truck, he obtained the legal services of Andrew Norwood of Denton & Zachary PLLC. A civil lawsuit was launched against both the club and the car dealership after they reportedly failed to hand over the keys. Norwood issued a statement, calling on the defendants to honor the deal they made.

“This is about doing what is right. Mr. Clagett lived up to his end of the deal when he got the hole-in-one and now Morrilton Country Club and Jay Hodge Ford of Morrilton want to crawfish out of the deal. If they didn’t want to pay up when Mr. Clagett got a hole-in-one, they shouldn’t have offered the deal.”

The dealership, Jay Hodge Ford, claim that the F-150 was promoted by the country club without its knowledge. The dealership also alleges that no time was given to procure insurance for the vehicle they claimed was only to be for display purposes. While the country club has yet to comment on the allegations, the dealership did issue a statement extending an apology.

“Jay Hodge Ford of Morrilton would like to extend its sincerest apologies to the community for this misunderstanding and we look forward to serving everyone in the future,” it said. In addition to seeking costs for legal fees, Clagett is suing for damages in an amount equal to the truck, which is said to be $53,000.

The country’s club history shows this is not the only instance where it allegedly displayed false promises of a prize. In 2001, the club faced a lawsuit by a woman who used to be a waitress for a Hooters restaurant. The woman alleged she was promised a new Toyota for being the winner of a beer sales competition. However, she was given a toy Yoda — the “Star Wars” character — instead.

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