FAKING AN ACE
A con for the ages (based on a true story)
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.