A golfer who putted a hole-in-one and won a Vauxhall Corsa at a charity event is thousands of pounds in debt after pursuing his club through court – because he expected a different model.
Jake Warner entered the competition after seeing it advertised on a £14,000 Corsa CDTi. However, when he arrived to collect his car, he was offered an entry-level petrol model, worth less than £10,000.
Warner took Haverhill golf club to court over the disagreement, where his case was thrown out and he was ordered to pay the club’s legal fees.
The 24-year-old father-of-one was awarded £7,500 in prize money, but was left out of pocket after paying more than £10,000 in legal fees.
In a statement released by the club, Haverhill said: “The club never disputed that Jake Warner had won a car and made a very generous offer to settle the matter which Jake chose to reject.
“The club behaved entirely properly throughout and were fully vindicated by the court’s decision to throw out the claim.
“The club very much regrets that Jake chose to pursue a claim that had no merit and was bound to fail.”
Warner reportedly had to remortgage his house to pay for his wedding to fiancée Kirsty Dolby, and now drives a 10-year-old Ford Focus.