But it was his age that created a problem when it came to claiming the official prize. The contest rules stated that participants needed to be 18 or older to be eligible for the grand prize of a $20,000 Best Buy gift card and a trip to the 2015 Maui Invitational. While Holtz had used his father’s email address to enter the contest (with his father’s consent) the 12-year-old was ineligible to receive any official prizes.
When Best Buy heard about the predicament, the company stepped up and presented Holtz with a $1,000 store gift card.
Holtz bought an Xbox One for himself, and with the leftover funds, donated a game system to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The middle school student said he chose that particular charity because of his cousin Alec, who received a wish from the foundation and who eventually overcame his life-threatening condition.
Sam Holtz is 12 years old and finished tied for first place out of 11.57 million entries in ESPN’s Tournament...