Claiming Prize More Difficult Than Sinking Hole-In-One

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It was the first hole-in-one of his life, and was supposed to help him pay for college. But the former Coon Rapids High School golfer is still struggling to claim his prize.

Andrew Vold unknowingly sacrificed the end of his senior golf season when he participated in a charity golf contest at Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake this spring. But he was OK with the tradeoff when the 150-yard ace earned him a nice chunk of college tuition money.

Yet several months later, Vold has yet to receive his prize.

“They said it would take four to six weeks for the insurance company to get the affidavits and send out the money. After like two months, we started to wonder,” Vold said.

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Vold and his aunt, Crystal Bennek — secretary of the booster club who put together the fundraiser — have tried several times to contact John W. Schierman of Chaska, owner of Par 3 Fun Stop, a company that sponsored the hole-in-one contest.

“I have never spoke to John Schierman one time,” Vold said. “They have not contacted me once.”

Schierman told the Pioneer Press he sent Vold an email outlining the rules of the contest and explaining there would be no pay out.

“They’re trying to say the hole officials didn’t see it happen but she was right there. I’m guessing this guy (Schierman) never actually talked to the hole official,” Vold said.

Vold said the official was an 18- to 20-year-old woman who saw the divot and saw the ball go into the cup. He has since identified the woman as Amanda Herman and said he has been trying to contact her, as well.

“People on the next hole saw us get the hole-in-one and all the people in my party,” Vold said. “Everyone in the Majestic Oaks clubhouse was talking about it afterwards, too.”

The college freshmen says he needed the money to help pay for tuition at Gustavus Adolphus.

“I like really counted on that money to pay for college,” he said. “I’m just really frustrated and I’m still hopeful that some kind of resolution will happen.”

For now, Vold said he and has family are trying to get the story out.

“I want to see if someone can help me contact him or, I don’t know, maybe be can find his heart or something and help me pay for college,” he said.

  • Norms way

    So maybe he didn’t make it. Take out a loan and default like everyone else in MN.

  • anon

    or maybe he really did make it but the organizers of the fundraiser never thought anyone would and were never prepared to give out a reward in the first place even though it was advertised.

    • lloydoflondon

      The hole in one is insured. Cost 100 +/- bucks.

  • fishy

    So they put the fundraiser together, and a company sponsored a hole in one contest shot?

  • Sue Weinacht

    Sounds like somebody “forgot” to buy the hole-in-one insurance and is now trying to weasel out of awarding the prize money. However, the following line from the article throws up a bit of a red flag:
    “Vold and his aunt, Crystal Bennek — secretary of the booster club who put together the fundraiser”
    What are the odds that a relative of someone in the club who put together the fundraiser would end up with a hole-in-one? Sounds a little suspicious to me …

  • holeinnine

    Article never said how much he was supposed to win? The other day I missed a hole in one by nine strokes!

  • Dennis from Elk River

    So there are those of you out there who not only question the integrity of the golfer but everyone on the adjoining hole and the rest of those in his group?
    Quite an interesting approach…..I hope none of your are ever in a similar position and go through the same. Lets see this through and deal with facts not suspision and inuendo.

    • C'mon now!

      Funny how they didn’t interview anyone else, just the aunt. Not even the mysterious “official” who supposedly saw it happen

      • Dennis from Elk River

        I will stick by my original statement. If I am wrong I am man enough to admit it. In the mean time I choose not to judge without all the facts is all I am saying.

  • monica

    Fishy his aunt was one of the organizers.. I would have thought that he would have even been able to qualify for that reason.

  • Monica

    *would NOT have been able to

    • Dave's Not Here

      Are you saying that because his aunt is a secretary for the booster group that put on the fundraiser that he didn’t have to hit the ball from the tee box into the hole or something? How would that be “fishy” exactly? Please be specific.

  • C'mon now!

    How much was the prize???

  • holeinnine


    • Charlie

      Only $5K… and all of this fuss? Get the Par 3 guy and put him on the spot!
      Guess it is a good idea to not count on these contests when we see them!
      This insurance coverage is cheap because they do them all the time around the US… and so few make a hole in one that it is a racket that generates $$$…
      But, how sad…

  • Lucy, you've got some 'splainin to do!

    I think someone (the tourney organizers) have some “splainin” to do. In a tournament, organizers get businesses etc to “sponsor” individual holes. My buddy got a hole in one, in a tournament this summer, and within two weeks he received all the information pertaining to the trip he won. This kids/Andrew is not getting much guidance……EVERYBODY knows if you’re a high school or college athlete you can’t accept MOST prizes because it voids your eligibility. I’d love to hear the ‘Paul Harvey’…”the rest of the story” on this one!

  • ilk

    The golf course prick who won’t pay up must be filthy republican trash. Sounds like something filthy republican trash would do.


      Stay on topic.
      Seriously…YOU’VE GOT ISSUES.
      Now go get back in that welfare line and keep sucking the system dry:-(

  • @ ilk

    Go stand in line for your Obama entitlements. I have to get back to work to pay for them, so your lazy butt can sit around and bite the hand that feeds you.

    • urstupid

      I have to work my a@@ off and pay tonz o taxes to pay for corporate executive filth and refilthlican wars and such. All refilthlicans suk!!!

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  • Dennis from Elk River

    How do we take a sporting event involving a high school student and turn it into such flinging of political bhll s..t?
    It is becomming clear that our “representatives” in DC are nothing more that an extension of the trash locally.
    It just makes me want to puke!

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