The Eide Ford Sales Team Goes Golfing
This month, our sales team got to go golfing to celebrate hitting a huge sales record they had broken in May. They got to spend the day golfing at Apple Creek Country Club in Bismarck, ND.
While the employees were having a good time and getting to know each other, they discovered something that shed light on the habits of one of their colleagues.
When having a friendly game of golf, you would normally expect to have it be light hearted fun and friendly competition. Instead, what the Eide Ford team witnessed was cheating among their own ranks.
At the end of 18 holes, there were two teams who were tied. As a tiebreaker, the best member from each team was chosen to go head to head. At the first hole, Alex Deyle and Ryan Balzer teed off at the same time, and then had to run down the hill. Whoever could get their ball in the hole using 4 different clubs first wins. Deyle beat Balzer without much competition.
One might think: “How did Deyle beat Balzer so easily, if they tied the game in the first place? Wouldn’t it have been a pretty close tiebreaker?”
If that was similar to a thought you might have had, your suspicions would be correct. The tiebreaker easily weeded out the cheater… Ryne Balzer.
Cheating is defined as "to act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage, especially in a game or examination,” and this is exactly what Balzer did in this game of golf.
But how did Balzer cheat during this whole game? Why didn’t his teammates stop him? And how did everyone else figure out he was cheating?
One of Balzers teammates, who requested to remain anonymous, stated “Honestly, we don’t know much about golf. We came to have a good time, but were unaware of golfing rules. We didn’t know that what he was doing wasn’t allowed. We were having a good time and learning how to play a new game; you can’t blame a guy for that.”
His cheating efforts were brought to light when some of his colleagues, and friends of many years, remembered that Ryne isn’t necessarily that good at golf, and nowhere good enough to compare to the scores he had written down.
Mike Wishek, General Sales Manager and best friend of Balzer, acknowledged his shock when he realized his BFF had cheated: “I couldn’t believe it. I never saw it coming. I thought he was such a good guy, but then he pulled a stunt like this.”
Balzer started working for Eide Ford many years ago, and had transferred out to our Eide Chrysler Pine City location 5 years ago. This July, he came back to Eide Ford as our Finance Director. This new cheating discovery may leave some customers wondering if he should be crunching the numbers on their new purchase and if he can be trusted. This we may never know.
When asked what he had to say about the situation, Ryne Balzer said, “We had a fun time playing the game of golf. We tied fair and square, and I lost because I’m not in as good of shape as I thought I was. I just couldn’t make it down that hill as fast as Alex did. I have no idea where people got the idea that I was “cheating.” I would never do that.”
With the shake of his head, all Jesse Schuchard, General Manager said was, “I’m disappointed.”
Alex Deyle, the man who beat Balzer, gave us a statement: “I’m just glad our team got a chance to win, even if it was against a cheater. We shouldn’t have even tied, but getting to win the tiebreaker just made the winning that much better.”
In the end, everyone was able to learn something. Golf is a fun sport, but cheating is bad. Don’t do it.