After 45+ years of taking part in golf, I witnessed one thing final Wednesday that I by no means seen earlier than. It was a tremendous feat of golf prowess that if I didn’t see it, I might by no means have believed it. It am grateful I used to be capable of be aside of historical past within the making!
Okay, historical past within the making may be a bit excessive, however what I witnessed was unbelievable. Let me set the stage.
Final Wednesday was Males’s Night time. Rick, Blair, Fernando and I had been taking part in a sport referred to as Vegas. Every of us was given a quantity from 1 by 4. After we teed off, Rick was in command of rolling a die. If our quantity got here up, that’s the drive we had to make use of on that gap. If a 5 was rolled, we used our alternative of drives. If a 6 was rolled, we needed to roll once more. We shot a minus 5 for an general rating of 30. We tied for prime staff, however misplaced out of the prizes due to retrogression. The stage is about; now for the wonderful factor.
Our beginning gap was the 14th. So, we performed the 13th gap for a heat up. After following the foundations, we had been left with a 60 foot birdie putt. Rick is at all times the primary to putt. I learn the putt from behind the outlet and supplied my counsel as to the road. However, from 60 ft, it truly is a crap shoot. Properly, Wealthy hit my line completely and dropped the 60 footer. Nice strategy to begin the night, however it didn’t rely for our official rating.
On the 14th gap, we adopted the sport and had been left with a 30 foot putt. As you’ll be able to see, our method photographs wanted some work. Nonetheless, with Rick first to putt, we weren’t apprehensive. Following the identical routine because the final gap, I supplied Rick the road and he effortlessly sunk his second lengthy putt in a row. We began off with a birdie and skipped to the following gap.
The 15th gap is a brief down hill par three. After hitting our tee photographs, the roll of the cube left us 25 ft from the pin. We had two nearer photographs, however the cube was not as pleasant on that gap. To not fear, guess who was coming as much as putt first. You guessed it, Rick. Following our established routine, Rick stroked one other masterful shot and sunk his third birdie putt in a row from lengthy than 25 ft.
The 16th gap is an uphill par 5 and we had been left with 24 ft to go for birdie after hitting all of our photographs. This putt was a semi troublesome left to proper putt. After some dialogue with the staff we settled on a line. As Rick stood over the putt, all of us watched with anticipation and a few expectation that he would sink one other lengthy putt for the staff. Properly, Rick coolly hit the ball completely on line and drained one other lengthy putt! That was the 4th one-putt in a row from 24+ ft. Superb, merely wonderful.
As we hopped to the 17th tee, Blair, Fernando, and I had been chatting like we had received the lottery. Sitting three beneath and none of us had putted but. What a dream. Rick, calming (most likely like a duck) hit first and went again to his cart. After a roll of the cube, we had been left with a 21 foot putt and guess who was up? Yup, it was Rick to go first once more. Following the traditional routine, Rick ready to sink this downhill putt as if it was nothing. All of us watch with anticipation and watched as his ball lipped out and stayed two inches from the outlet! It was coronary heart breaking.
Sadly Ricks streak of Four one-putts on Four completely different holes from 24+ ft was over. I can actually say that it was wonderful to observe and I’ve by no means witnessed that placing prowess earlier than. One or two holes, positive, however Four holes in a row…..by no means.
Congrats to Rick for making historical past. It was incredible to observe and I’m grateful to have witnessed this unbelievable feat. Now that Rick has set a brand new normal for placing on our staff, we hope for excellent issues sooner or later.
I’m a grateful golfer! See you on the hyperlinks!