Suit against Haney alleges lack of personal instruction

Hank Haney during the 2009 U.S. Open.
Hank Haney during the 2009 U.S. Open. ( Getty Images )

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hank Haney has been sued by a Pennsylvania woman and her son who claim that the instructor did not deliver on promises of personal instruction at his South Carolina academy.

Maureen Fitzgerald and her son, Matthew Teesdale, of Ambler, Pa., alleged consumer fraud in a suit filed Sept. 16 in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

They claim that Haney, Tiger Woods’ former coach, gave a total of 7 minutes’ instruction to Teesdale, then 18, who paid $30,000 plus fees when he enrolled at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C., in 2009-10.

The plaintiffs seek damages in excess of $150,000 and a jury trial. When contacted by Golfweek, Haney said, “My lawyers from the academy are taking care of it” and declined further comment. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.