A golf threesome

Mom is watching – Golf is a hard enough game without your own mother calling a penalty on you – and yet that’s precisely what happened to Viktor Hovland during The PLAYERS Championship in March. The Norwegian was given a two-stroke penalty in the opening round at TPC Sawgrass after he accidentally putted his ball from the wrong place on the 15th hole. Hovland had moved his marker to clear the line for playing partner Justin Thomas. When he returned it, he moved it in the wrong direction… something his eagle-eyed mother Galina noticed whilst watching on TV. She phoned Viktor after his round and brought it to his attention. The then 23-year-old then raised the issue with tournament rules officials, reviewed the footage and was assessed a two-shot penalty for his error. Why wasn’t he disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard you ask? You’ll find your answer under Rule 3.3b3, which allowed him to be retroactively penalized for unknowingly violating a rule. Lucky boy. What does that make his mom?

“I got a hole-in-one… with Tiger Woods,” Taylor Crozier. 12 years old was really excited to be chosen as part of the first junior golfers to play at the grand opening of Tiger Woods Playgrounds Course in Texas. Taylor said, “I could feel my heart beating really fast when I stepped up to take the opening tee shot on Tiger woods’ new course for juniors. If it wasn’t nerve wracking enough that I’d been selected to play with one of my favorite golfers, there was also the biggest crowd I have ever played in front of in my life. What would happen if I flubbed it?

It was a lot for a 12-year-old to think about, but I tried to stay calm and concentrate on picking the right club. Just as I was about to play I changed my mind and swapped to a sand wedge. When I struck my shot, I was a little disappointed as I thought it was going to be way too far to the left, but when it landed it began bouncing off the slope to the right. It got nearer and nearer to the hole and then it went in. “The guys in my group were all 17 and saw it hit the pin and drop. I ran to check and my ball was in the hole. And those guys said, ‘Now go back and get your clubs.’” I kind of jumped and then Tiger grabbed me, gave me a big bear hug and shouted: “You have got to be kidding me.” It was an unbelievable moment that I got to live over and over again at school the next day. Every time I went into a new class my classmates would give me a round of applause and the teacher would play the video of my shot on YouTube. It was nice, but a little embarrassing.

Golf hazards in Florida – Mike Harb, was playing Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club Sunday afternoon on the third hole. “It happened Sunday evening around 5:45 on the green of the third hole of the North Course,” said Harb. “The ball was hit by my neighbor Adam Helton.” As we watched his shot bounced on the green and then an alligator came over and picked up the ball and sauntered off the green with the ball in its mouth. “I walked up behind him trying to get him to drop the ball when he kind of raised up and growled at me, making some sort of alligator sound,” said Helton. In spite of their coaching the gator wandered off the course toward the water it had come from with its prize still in its mouth. As we watched the gator did spit the ball out and it went into the water. I got a free drop but still didn’t make a birdie like I was hoping to. But I did make par,” said Helton. 

Golf Guffaws

First golfer: “I have the greatest high tech golf ball in the world”. “Oh, yeah. What does it do?”   “If you hit it into the sand it beeps. If you hit it into the water it floats, if you are playing at dusk the ball glows.” The second golfer said. “Gee, that is really nice. Where did you get it?” The first golfer replied, “I found it in the woods.” 

A golfer was having a terrible round – 20-over par for the front nine with loads of golf balls being lost in the water or rough. As he steadied himself over a 12-inch putt on the 10th, his caddie coughed, causing him to lose it.
“You’ve got to be the worst caddie in the world!” he yelled.
“I doubt it,” replied the caddie, in dead-pan. “That would be too much of a coincidence.”

The wife asked, “Why don’t you play golf with George anymore?”  
“Would you play with a guy who writes down the wrong score and moves the ball when you are not looking?” hubby replied. “Well, neither will George.” 

Golf! You hit down to make the ball go up. You swing left and the ball goes right. The lowest score wins. And on top of that, the winner buys the drinks.

August 16th Birthdays

1998 – Piper Curta, 1988 – Rumer Willis, 1986 – Arden Cho, 1959 – Angela Bassett

1994 – Cameron Monaghan, 1963 – Steve Carrell, 1955 – James Cameron, 1930 – Robert Culp

Morning Motivator:

The only limits in your life are those that you set yourself.

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