FAK­ING AN ACE

A con for the ages (based on a true story)

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - By Guy Yo­com

How a group faked a hole-in-one to win a car. Re­ally.

here it sat, chrome gleam­ing and

T in­voice sticker leer­ing, the Holy Grail of tour­na­ment prizes: a new car! To own it, all one man from Og­den, Utah, had to do was pull off the tough­est feat in golf: a hole-in-one, made with a sin­gle do-or-die swing, with peo­ple watch­ing. It was a tougher get than the 12 500-to-1 odds against do­ing it sug­gested. But win the car he did, thanks to moxie, care­ful plan­ning and as­sis­tance from a few larce­nous friends. The story, kept un­der wraps for years be­fore de­tails be­gan leak­ing, hap­pened long ago at a course in – we’re not kid­ding – Jack­pot, Ne­vada, at a tour­na­ment co-spon­sored by a casino hop­ing to draw cus­tomers from Utah, where gambling is il­le­gal. Here’s what went down.

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