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Southwestern Illinois man wins suit over hole in one

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- A southwestern Illinois meat cutter who sued after a prize for his hole in one during a charity golf tournament wasn't paid out as promised has carded a legal victory.

The (Alton) Telegraph reports that a Madison County judge has awarded Donald Beiermann of Godfrey an $11,000 judgment against the Alton church that sponsored the tournament and the Godfrey course that hosted it.

Beiermann scored the ace on the 17th hole, where a sign promised such a feat would win an $11,000 trip for four to California's Pebble Beach Golf Course.

A specialty insurer refused to pay, arguing the contract provided that the hole in one must be on a hole at least 165 yards long. Biermann's ace, witnessed by three companions, was on a hole 149 yards long.

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