The facts of the case, as noted in Golfweek: Maureen Fitzgerald and her son Matthew Teesdale are charging Haney with consumer fraud in the suit filed in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
Fraud? What could he have done? This, according to the suit: Haney allegedly gave Teesdale a total of only seven minutes of personal instruction at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C. This, after Teesdale paid $30,000 plus fees to enroll in the camp. They're seeking $150,000 in damages and a trial by jury.
Really, the issue here isn't that Haney spent seven minutes with the kid, but how much time students are promised in the first place. You don't go to, say, Wendy's and expect that Wendy herself is going to serve you a hamburger; similarly, it may be that Haney functions more as headmaster than hands-on teacher. But if the academy promises hours of one-on-one time with the former instructor for Tiger Woods, well ... then things get a bit more problematic.
Haney, meanwhile, declined comment. And not to take anything away from his academy, but if you're not on a professional path, save yourself thirty grand and just read his Twitter feed. Dude gives out some fine instruction there.
- Hank Haney