Iowa Golfer’s $10,000 Hole-in-One by Mulligan Case Set for Trial

September 14, 2005

Trial started this week for a man who said he should have been paid $10,000 after he hit a hole-in-one during a golf tournament.

Adam Fisher, who was 18 when he made the shot in 2003, filed a lawsuit against event’s sponsor, The Iowa FFA Foundation, claiming it withheld the $10,000 prize.

The prize was never paid because the tournament’s insurance policy didn’t cover the use of mulligans — a golf term for a do-over shot — tournament officials said.

Fisher, two friends and their FFA adviser each paid about $100 to enter the tournament at the Legacy Golf Course in Norwalk.

All four shanked their tee shots on the 196-yard par three fifth hole. So, Fisher decided to use one of his mulligans that his team had bought from tournament officials for $5.

The shot landed in the hole and Fisher claims he should receive the $10,000 prize.

FFA attorney Ed Skinner, of Altoona, said a hole-in-one scored using a mulligan is not a hole-in-one.

Roger Stone, Fisher’s lawyer, said tournament rules included nothing about mulligans being banned from the hole-in-one contest.

He said the sponsors claim that an insurance policy was incorporated into the contest, but an insurance policy was not listed on any sign or contract.

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