In the Hole Over Hole in One Prizes

A Connecticut man is no winner over hole-in-one prizes, in fact, they are going to cost him millions.

State officials levied a $5.9 million fine against a man who runs businesses that pay for hole-in-one prizes on behalf of clients.

The state insurance department said Kevin Kolenda's businesses equated to illegally offering insurance without a license.

He also failed to pay hole-in-one prizes for the 2007 Travelers Championship Tournament and a 2008 tournament in Trumbull, officials said.

Kolenda told the Hartford Courant that he is no longer affiliated with the companies and that the state's allegations against him are "insane."

He told the paper he lives part-time in Connecticut, but would not say where. 

Connecticut officials said the businesses have sold or negotiated at least 41 hole-in-one contracts in the state since it first ordered him in September 2001 order to stop.

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