Gary Player's son sued over tournament week contract, charged in Columbia County

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The son of three-time Masters champion Gary Player is facing charges in Columbia County for writing a bad check. He's also being sued for breaking contract during tournament week in 2018.

An incident report says Wayne Player wrote a check to rent a Columbia County home for two nights during the first week of April in 2018 for the famed golf tournament, but the check was returned for insufficient funds by the bank.

The homeowner says he and his lawyer tried to contact Player multiple times, and they sent a certified letter to him on May 14th. Player later contacted the lawyer and said he would send $1,000, but the money never came.

Player is charged with Deposit Account Fraud in Columbia Cunty. He and his company are also facing a lawsuit for a broken contract that same week in April.

The suit states that Player and another party entered into a hospitality contract in October 2017. The plaintiff in the suit was supposed to receive hospitality services and access to the tournament. The package was labeled "A Green Jacket Masters Experience 2018".

In the package, shown in the lawsuit, Wayne Player Enterprises LLC was to provide the following:

  • Host home accomodations with king bed and bathroom en suite April 3rd and 4th

  • Host home dinner and open bar with interactions with Wayne Player

  • Private home stocked with essentials, snack items, fruit, wine and beer

  • Hosted breakfast or lunch in the Founders Room on April 4th and 5th

  • A Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus "Masters Pin Flag" available for each couple upon deposit payment

  • One ticket each for the Par Three Event

  • One Series badge or ticket each for the opening round of competition

  • Chair placement with Wayne Player on Wednesday, April 4th and Thursday, April 5th

  • A meet and greet opportunity with Gary Player and champions and the golf club

  • Daily 9:30 a.m. walk to the back nine with host Wayne Player

  • Wayne Player Enterprises LLC concierge, coordination & services throughout stay

The full price of the package was $6,850 per person, and a 50% non-refundable deposit to secure a spot.

The suit alleges that the plaintiff, Todd Feltz, made it all the way to Augusta for the tournament before realizing the contract would not be "performed".

When Feltz made contact with Player to discuss the non-performance of the contract, Player allegedly headbutted Feltz and knocked him to the ground.

Feltz's lawsuit is demanding a trial, damages for breach of contract, damages for battery from the assault, attorney fees, punitive damages and any other relief deemed appropriate.