DATs DAVIS: Morrilton Country Club sued by Arkansas native over Hole-In-One award

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

Clagett reportedly stepped up to complete the challenge, which officials said was being marketed as the “Tournament of the Century.” Clagett managed to sink a hole-in-one, but instead of getting the keys to the truck, he secured the legal services of Andrew Norwood of Denton & Zachary PLLC. A civil lawsuit has been brought against the club and the car dealership after they allegedly failed to hand over the keys. Norwood released a statement, calling on the defendants to honor the agreement they reached.

“It’s about doing what’s right. Mr Clagett kept his end of the deal when he got the hole-in-one and now the Morrilton Country Club and Morrilton’s Jay Hodge Ford want the crayfish out of the deal. If they didn’t want to pay when Mr. Clagett had a hole-in-one, they shouldn’t have offered the deal.

The dealer, Jay Hodge Ford, claims the F-150 was promoted by the country club without his knowledge. The dealership also alleges that no time was given to arrange insurance for the vehicle which it said was to be for display purposes only. While the country club has yet to comment on the allegations, the dealer released a statement extending its apology.

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

The history of the country’s club shows that this is not the only instance where they have posted false prize promises. In 2001, the club was sued by a woman who was a waitress at a Hooters restaurant. The woman alleged that she was promised a new Toyota for winning a beer-selling contest. However, she was given a Yoda toy – the “Star Wars” character – instead.

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