HAWORTH, N.J. -- Sylvester Tuohy got a hole-in-one he didn’t want.
The hole-in-one being windshield of his 1987 BMW 325i.
Sylvester says it happened as he was driving on a public street that goes through the White Beeches Golf Course in Haworth, N.J. when an errant shot hit his car.
He filed a police report, but the police never got the names of the golfers with whom they spoke. So Sylvester asked White Beeches, a private club, to reimburse him for the damage.
The club refused. So Sylvester got in touch with me.
Sylvester and I went back to White Beeches where the General Manager, Manny Gonzalez, was very welcoming. At least to me. Sylvester was not so welcome.
He’s a determined guy and apparently his efforts to get reimbursed rubbed White Beeches folks the wrong way. They say he came by several times and disturbed members and guests. So they had him wait in the hall.
Manny Gonzalez told me, “We’ve actually tried to work with me Touhy. We took his letter to our insurance. They do not see liability on their end.”
He put me on the phone with club President, Donald Onorato. He said the club would not reimburse Sylvester. So I asked if the board might reconsider.
"I will certainly tell the board at our next meeting," he told me "And I will tell them what a gentleman you are.”
I thanked Donald Onorato for the compliment. After all, I’m used to hostile receptions from intentional wrongdoers.
And I told Sylvester to be patient. In keeping with the spirit of the club, perhaps this can be resolved successfully the genteel way.
But, Sylvester decided to try it his own way and filed a lawsuit in small claims court. We’ll see what happens.