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Teen gets to keep car after getting hole-in-one

4:52 PM, Jun 11, 2011   |    comments
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The Golden High School athlete had already made up his mind. He was going to turn down the brand new $23,000 Subaru Legacy to keep playing his last two years of high school sports and be eligible for college sports and scholarships. Under CHSAA and NCAA rules, amateurs cannot accept gifts for their play.

About a week ago, Cole was playing in a golf tournament at Fossil Trace Golf Club in Golden. He was a last minute add-on and was not his Golden High School coach's first choice, but the position needed to be filled.

So Cole, who plays on the Golden High School golf team, was added to the roster.

Then he got a hole-in-one on a par 3. Because of that, he won the free car donated by Go Subaru.

Initially, he was told he would lose his amateur status if he accepted the car.

But after days of calling the CHSAA and the NCAA, everything was figured out.

"I'm pretty happy. Back when I didn't think I was going to get to keep it, I was pretty upset, a little shook up about the incident. But I'm fine with it now. I got a new car," Cole said.

He turned 16 a month ago and didn't have a car. Now he has the Legacy.

"It's really nice. I haven't driven it a whole lot, but it drives really smooth," he said.

CHSAA and the NCAA both agree that they believe a hole-in-one is more a thing of luck rather than skill.

The odds of getting a hole in one are 1 in 13,000.

The general manager of Go Subaru West, the dealership that donated the car, says he donates six to eight every year for those who get a hole in one, and in 13 years he has never been able to give one away before.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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