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Hole-in-one spurs hard decisions for high-school student

8:24 AM, Jun 7, 2011   |    comments
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He's on the golf and basketball teams for Golden High school, and on Friday, he was playing in the Golden Rotary Club Golf Tournament at Fossil Trace Golf Course in Golden.

"We had to pick two teams, a coach's team and a student team. Cole was not my first pick but [our other player] dropped out and Cole wanted to play," John Anderson, Golden High School's golf and basketball coach, said.

First pick or not, coach Anderson is pretty happy he chose Cole, because on Friday, he got a hole-in-one.

Even better, he also won a brand new $23,000 Subaru Legacy donated by Go Subaru because he sunk the hole-in-one.

"I was really excited. I couldn't believe I actually won a car," Cole said.

Cole's excitement was soon taken away when he was told he may not be able to keep it.

There are certain rules when it comes to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA).

"It could be that if he takes the car, he's could lose his amateur status. If he loses his amateur status, he may not be eligible to play his last two years of high school sports or get any college scholarships," Anderson said.

Cole and his coach agree it wouldn't be worth it.

"He could give up golf, but I wouldn't let him give up basketball. If he works hard he has a chance at getting a college scholarship," Anderson said.

"It's a nice car, but I think I'd rather play sports if I had to choose," Cole said.

Cole and his family are still trying to iron everything out. For now, the car sits at the dealership.

According to the coach, it sounds like CHSAA will allow him to play high school sports even if he takes the car, because a hole-in-one is considered more of luck rather than skill.

Cole's family is still waiting to hear the final word from the NCAA on whether or not it will affect his college scholarship eligibility.

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