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Bizarre hole in one: Give a dog... a car?
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 | 1:14 p.m.
In news you don't expect to read every day, a dog in Massachusetts received a 2014 Ford Fusion recently as a prize for a hole-in-one.
What? Well, a man dressed as a dog.
A memorial tournament was being held at Presidents Golf Course in Quincy, Mass., where the prize for an ace on a par 3 was supposed to be a new Ford Fusion by Quirk Auto Dealers in Quincy.
The hole was meant to measure 185 yards in length. However, whomever put the course set up together dropped the ball and set the hole to the length of 160 yards.
During the tournament, a man dressed in a dog costume -- minus the head -- did the unthinkable and aced the hole.
Initially, Quirk wasn't going to cough up the car because the hole's measurement wasn't what it was supposed to be.
Naturally, the dog/man's friend then took to Reddit, as often happens in these cases of perceived wrongdoing, and made his case.
“My buddy hit a hole in one at a charity golf tournament,” wrote the friend. “He was dressed in this costume (head was off) and it was at a ‘win a car’ hole.”
The friend then vented a little more about the injustice, making the argument that since the hole was still a legit 160 yards and that the dealership had plenty of time to correct the distance, that his buddy should be driving away in this $35,000 car.
Well, this story has a happy ending. Via its Facebook page, Quirk announced it will award the car to the dog after all.
Here's the statement:
Hello Facebook - We will be awarding our Golf Tournament Winner a Brand new Ford Fusion. We want to let you know that we did indeed buy insurance and the official rules of the contest were not exactly followed (for one he's a dog). That said we think that our winner had "one hell of a great shot!" and the outfit was second to none! Congratulations Cujo! Come Forward and claim your prize!
Good thing Quirk delivered. Nobody likes seeing a puppy sad.
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