WHAP! "What the heck was that? Did I just get stung by a bee?
We are golf nuts in my family. I've played some and I've witnessed my share of professional tournaments. Among my highlights; I've attended the Women's U.S. Open at Blackwolf Run in both 1998 and 2012 and the Men's PGA Championship at Whistling Straights in 2010 and again this past weekend.Â Â
I also have a knack for picking the winner of the championships I attend. In 1998 I told everyone within earshot that LPGA rookie Se Ri Pak would win the U.S. Open. She did and then went onto a Hall of Fame career. Last week, two days before the PGA Championship began, posted on Facebook that Jason Day, my favorite golfer, would win and I submitted my reasons why. He was a 12-1 shot by the way. Â
As a father-son bonding experience I treated my son Aaron to the Thursday and Sunday rounds of the PGA.Â Aaron is a 17 year old senior-to-be and a solid varsity golfer at Greendale High School. On Thursday morning we arrived at Whistling Straights early to watch our dream threesome of Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day begin their first round at 8:05 a.m. on the 10th hole.
Jason Day was playing well at -1 par after five holes.Â A plethora of spectators flooded the the 15th tee box so Aaron suggested we hustle down the left fairway of #15, known as "Grand Strand" to see the group's tee shots land on the 518 yard par 4 hole.
Then it happened.
WHAP! While walking near the 310-yard mark, with my back to the golfers, I felt a sudden and sharp sting in the area of my right kidney. Immediately, I saw a golf ball drop between my feet and roll to my left down a slight embankment. "Oh My Gosh! Dad that ball has a kangaroo logo on it," said Aaron. I was stunned, but we quickly and logically assumed it was the Aussie, Jason Day's ball. We high-fived, and guarded that ball like a mother goose protecting her egg.
The Marshall arrived, I told him what happened and he asked if I was okay which I was. Several fans sugges…Read more...