Hole In One Earns Cash Prize But Ends Senior Season

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (WCCO) — A Coon Rapids High School senior won a nice chunk of change after acing the eighth hole at Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake but as a result his high school golf career is over.

One of Andrew Vold’s uncles put down $10 for a chance to win $5,000 for a hole in one at the recent golfing fundraiser. Vold picked up a 9-iron and sunk the 150-yard shot.

Vold then collected his winnings and shared news of his accomplishment with his teammates and coach Larry Overski the following Monday. Overski wondered if there would be any sort of penalty since Vold was awarded money and went to Activities Director Kelley Scott for clarification.

Scott then checked with a few other ADs and the Minnesota State High School League and found that Vold’s ace made him ineligible for the remainder of his senior golf season.

The MSHSL bylaws state that during a season, athletes “may not participate as an individual competitor or as a member of a non-school team in the same sport during the high school season.”

Scott said there was a lot of elation that Vold got a hole in one and was able to get a head start on his college tuition with the prize money.

“There wasn’t a ton of disappoint as far as life was over. Obviously he was disappointed that he didn’t have his eligibility anymore but I think he understood, and the coach understood and I think everybody in the whole situation understands,” Scott said.

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While Vold not being able to finish up the rest of the season is unfortunate, Scott said he’s in favor of the MSHSL rules.

“I do think they’re fair because everybody is adherent to them,” he said. “Maybe not everybody goes through it with a fine tooth comb but we do go through eligibility requirements.”

He said this will now be a prime example of the importance of reviewing the eligibility guidelines prior to the start of the season.

Overall, Scott said he feels things were handled the right way.

“I’m proud of everybody that’s been involved in this thing because I think that everybody has a clear understanding now of what’s going on,” he said.

Vold filled the Cardinal’s sixth and final varsity spot and will never know how his season would have ended.

  • RockStar

    Dumbest rule I’ve ever heard of.
    Glad there wasn’t something as stupid pertaining to musical
    endeavors. Suspended for playing with another band.
    Get a life and get real MN High School League.

  • Judy

    Does the last sentence of this article make any sense?

    • auser

      Not at all. He knows how his season ended. With a hole-in-one.

    • Norm

      There were 6 spots on the varsity team for tournament play. He was number 6. He could be beaten out for his spot by an improving player.

      • Good Ol Boy

        Tournament play? His team finished 44th. It’s not like they were vying for the championship and he let them all down.

        Good for him. He earned some money for college.

    • Bill

      It does–although it’s grammatically incorrect. It should be “Cardinals’ ” (plural possessive), not “Cardinal’s”.

  • Dave

    That is ridiculous on 2 levels. First a hole in one competition is not a golf tornement. That would be like banning a baseball player because he tried to win a teadybear at the fair by knocking down milk bottles or hit the target and dunk the celebrity. Secondly there should be an exception for a charity event. Congratulations ont he hole in one anyway.

    • Betty

      The hole in one tournament was part of the larger fundraiser

  • Geezer

    The Land of the FREE. We need more government and red tape.Vote democratic!!

    • Ron

      Yes, I’m sure the rule was put in by a Democrat. You’re an idiot.

      • Wang

        Sounds like you are the democrat!!

  • lefty

    typical what a joke have something good happen and some idiot who made a rule many years ago takes that moment away from you. Now if he was playing in a tournament and won money then yes a rule like that could apply .

  • Orville

    The purpose of the rule is to keep the playing field level and to make sure the kids do school work. Although the hole in one thing is a little bogus in general the rule is to prevent teams from practicing and playing together under another name. The Edina hockey team can’t be part of a men’s league on the side to get extra playing time for example. AAU basketball would be year around if it could.

  • Chris

    This has nothing to do with politics, so how about leaving your right-wing comments out. The MSHSL is an entirely non-governmental body.

  • Paula

    I would have done the same thing. Take the money. MSHSL does this to prevent professionals from playing amateur sports. Does a hole in one, or money prize make you pro? No. I too think the rule stinks! How many of us will ever get a hole in one? It is a once in a lifetime achievement.

  • previous high school student

    Actually that could be the wrong rule. I know the MSHSL has rules on being paid to play too. So he definately violated it. They consider that you are being paid to play a professional so then you are no longer qualified. I think the rule is fair.

    • Les Johnson

      This wasn’t because he won or because he earned money. That wasn’t the violation here.

      Just entering the contest broke the rules.

      As long as it’s during the High School golf season and he’s on the team, he cannot play on any other team or as an individual in any other golf competition, paid or unpaid.

      This wasn’t about him winning money at all.

  • Bill

    Did any other high school golfers, for any team, participate in the contest as well, but not make the shot?

    If so, they should have their seasons cut short as well!

    Sounds like an I-Team report begging to happen!!!

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