Chris Naegel had his hands in the air, celebrating a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th hole at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in the final round of last week's 2019 WinCo Foods Portland Open on the Korn Ferry Tour.
Quieting the Nae-sayers. Thrilling his fans. 🎉
— Korn Ferry Tour (@KornFerryTour) August 13, 2019
After all, a BMW had been parked near the tee box on the hole, in the typical position where a pro figures they're gonna get the car if they make an ace. But, that was a case of mistaken marketing. Even though Naegel had a 1 on the card (something new gambling sites would give you great odds on happening), he didn't have keys in his hand. The car wasn't on offer for a hole-in-one. Naegel was understandably disappointed. He tweeted his dismay a few times, including that he was buying drinks for the ace but didn't get the Ultimate Driving Machine.
Buy drinks and I don’t get the car that placed on the tee. What’s going on!? Who puts a car on a par 3 tee and then doesn’t give it away???
— Chris Naegel (@cnaegel) August 12, 2019
And then on Wednesday, things changed. Thanks to three area dealerships -- Kuni BMW, BMW Portland and BMW of Salem -- and the tournament, Naegel was given a two-year lease on a BMW X3. It's a little smaller than the X7 that was parked behind the tee box, but that's still a really sweet deal.
Naegel was naturally very happy to be a recipient of a new Beamer, coming off a career-best fourth-place finish in the Korn Ferry Tour's regular-season finale.
Amazing!!! Thank you all so much!
— Chris Naegel (@cnaegel) August 14, 2019
In the future, let's make sure all cars parked directly behind tee boxes of par 3s at major tour events are explicitly available as hole-in-one prizes.