Man accused of hole-in-one insurance policy scam

Hope that wasn't a hole-in-one. (GettyImages)

Accused of a scam involving hole-in-one insurance policies, Kevin Walter Kolenda of Norwalk, Conn., allegedly cheated various local golfers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

According to a report in the Norwalk Patch, here's how Kolenda allegedly worked the con game.

Step one: Create fake insurance company, in this case Golf Marketing Worldwide LLC.

Step two: Sell hole-in-one insurance to small-time tournaments (it's not an uncommon practice for the directors of those tournaments to purchase this insurance when offering prize money for holes-in-one).

Step three: Lucky hack drains a hole-in-one but Kolenda allegedly is already long gone, refusing to pay when contacted. 

The article in the Norwalk Patch said this about a few lucky (or unlucky) tournament participants:

... Kolenda sold a hole-in-one policy for a tournament in Bremerton, WA. Kreidler said a golfer sank a hole in one, but Kolenda wouldn't pay a prize of $10,000.

Kreidler said Kolenda also sold a hole-in-one policy in 2004 for a tournament in Vancouver, WA, for a prize of $50,000. A participant sank a hole-in-one, but Kolenda refused to pay the prize.

After a hearing in 2008 that Kolenda failed to attend, he was ordered to pay a $125,000 fine, which he allegedly never did.

And in 2010, Kreidler said Kolenda sold coverage for a $25,000 prize for a tournament in Snohomish, WA, where a player sank a hole-in-one. Kolenda allegedly never paid the prize.

Really, it seems like you could think of a better way to make a living than hoodwinking a poor sap out of what he thought he was getting for something that he had probably never done.

All I could think of the entire time I was reading this story was Paul Casey's distraught caddie when he found out he actually hadn't won the car he thought he had.

CBS Sports Writer

Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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