A Hole-In-One Car Dealer...and who's ever heard of a $66,000.00 Kia..?


tay
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A golfer who thought he'd won a $66,000 luxury sedan with a tournament hole-in-one is accusing the sponsoring car dealer of poor sportsmanship for switching the prize.

Alan Ross, a Roseville chiropractor, sunk the lucky shot off the third tee at the Granite Bay Golf Club on May 7 during a charity tournament to benefit local schools.

"I know nobody thought it was going to happen," Ross said of the par-3 hole. "And me, least of all."

Ross said a $66,000 Kia K900 sedan was parked near the tee, and tournament organizers immediately pulled him over to the car to take photographs after the hole-in-one was verified.

Ross also posed for pictures at the car with sponsor Chuck Peterson, owner of Folsom Lake Kia and Ford, and Peterson's son Jon, the general manager.

Ross got his second surprise a few minutes later.

"About a hole after I got the hole-in-one, a young gal came over and said she was sorry but (the shot) wasn't for a car," he said. "I would only be winning a $25,000 gift certificate to the dealership."

Ross said he later learned the dealership had taken out a $25,000 insurance policy against a hole-in-one. He enlisted the help of an attorney when the dealership ignored his complaint of bait-and-switch.

The dealership responded with a letter dated June 19, claiming the rules were clear:

"The actual hole-in-one signs conspicuously state in oversized font that the hole-in-one prize is a 'New 2014 Ford or Kia' and does not state 'this' or 'this vehicle' is the award vehicle. It was never implied or presented that the display vehicle was part of any award/prize and/or valued item associated with the golf tournament. It was 'DISPLAY ONLY.'"

"Generally, and I've played in a lot of tournaments-- if there's a car on the tee, it's kind of an accepted thing that's what you're playing for," Ross said.

Johnny Ray, another golfer who witnessed the hole-in-one, said he too did not see any disclaimers with the car.

"There was a brand-new white Kia sitting there," Ray said. "So, it was the assumption that you were going to get the keys and drive that car home."

Folsom Lake Kia and Ford did not respond to an inquiry from News10.

The dealership's letter to Ross said it will not engage in any further discussions about the prize:

"If you disagree then you can proceed with any/all legal avenues available to you because this has become principle to us and we will defend this issue to its resolution."

Ross said he wasn't sure what he would do next, but had made no effort to claim his $25,000 gift certificate.




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http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/roseville/2014/07/03/golfer-teed-off-over-prize/12203927/ (external - login to view)
 
taxslave
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There is no such thing as a Kia worth $60 G. 25 would be pushing it.
 
Sal
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if the car is parked there and they photographed him with it, it sure would "seem" implied that it was the prize
 
taxslave
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At the very least this was a poorly thought out advertising. Does not reflect well on the golf club either that they would let this happen.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

At the very least this was a poorly thought out advertising. Does not reflect well on the golf club either that they would let this happen.

yes and it's for charity so have they now given out more than they gained to begin with...the whole thing was poorly structured
 
taxslave
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Expect several lawyers to put their kids through university by the time this is settled.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Expect several lawyers to put their kids through university by the time this is settled.

lol...yup
 
bill barilko
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I've driven a number of Kias-rentals from Enterprise including one with less than 30 kilometres on it-I'd take the gift certificate and sell it on Craigslist.
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

There is no such thing as a Kia worth $60 G. 25 would be pushing it.

I know eh, but till:

2015 Kia K900 Configurator Now Online, V-8 Starts at $60,400 (external - login to view)

[...] The user interface of a $60,400 Kia should operate more like a Samsung Galaxy S4 than a poor imitation of BMWs iDrive. After all, this is a luxury car that cant sell on Kias prestige alone.

Kia K900 Reviews - Kia K900 Price, Photos, and Specs - CARandDRIVER (external - login to view)
 
shadowshiv
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This does sound like a bait and switch to me. The Kia dealership didn't expect anyone to get a hole-in-one, so they offered up the prize. When someone suddenly did get a hole-in-one, they changed their minds. I don't expect Kia to be sponsers at any future charity golf events there. Who would want it, since they obviously can't honour their originaly agreements.

I also dislike the contests where you don't win the car, you just get it for a year (the Tim Horton's Roll Up The Rim To Win contest for example). Big whoop.
 

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