Photo by Gabriel Stovall / Atlanta’s George Lawson (right) receives the keys to his new Cadillac CTS Sedan. Lawson won the car by sinking a 185-yard hole-in-one shot during a Clayton County Rotary Club golf tournament sponsored by Heritage Cadillac of Morrow.
MORROW — When George Lawson called his wife, Jackie, to tell her that he’d just won a brand new car after sinking a hole-in-one in a golf tournament, she checked the calendar.
“I thought he was just joking,” Jackie Lawson said. “I looked to make sure that it wasn’t April Fool’s Day.”
Her husband wasn’t joking, but when the Atlanta couple came to Heritage Cadillac in Jonesboro to pick up their new black Cadillac CTS, she was still smiling.
“I said to him, ‘You’re kidding,’” she said. “I was excited because we needed that car too.”
That’s because several months earlier Jackie Lawson said her car was totaled. A lover of Cadillac cars, she had ironically been eyeing, for quite some time, the same vehicle that her husband won by sinking a tough shot at the Heritage Cadillac sponsored golf tournament at Lake Spivey Golf Club on Oct. 19.
George Lawson, an Atlanta area lawyer, said he’d been golfing since he was 14 years old. Lawson, 68, said it was the fifth hole-in-one shot he’d made in his lifetime — but also the hardest.
“It was a very difficult shot because I had to hitting into the wind and over the water,” he said. “It was absolutely great. Totally unexpected.”
According to showroom sales person, Paul Byun, the odds of George Lawson hitting that shot were almost unrealistic.
“I checked on it after he hit it,” Byun said. “And it was 13,000-to-one.”
Byun said it was the first time in the four years he’d been with the Morrow dealership that he’d seen someone hit that shot in a golf tournament.
Heritage sponsors the tournament for the Clayton County Rotary Club. It was the first time the tournament had been played for a while, which made Lawson’s 185-yard shot even more special.
The Lawsons drove home in $50,000 prize last week.
George Lawson said they do have several other vehicles, but this one would be one that Jackie Lawson wouldn’t mind taking on for herself.
When asked who the car would belong to, Jackie Lawson looked at her husband with a bit of a smile.
“That was the kind I really wanted,” she said. “And you can’t drive but one car at a time.”