Jumper

Roybob’s Book on Golf: The Hucks, A Golfer’s Divine Comedy, and a Religious Philosophy of Golf

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Jumper

Jumper is a former Huck, and this story will give the reader some indication both as to why he became unwelcome in the group and as to why he is called “Jumper.”  One day, on the sixth at Golden Eagle, teenagers in an enclosed backyard next to the green were having a party and playing their music loudly.  Jumper was playing in a five-man, wolf game with Burger, Dallas, Corby, and Tuna.  Jumper “skanked” his second shot over the green and into the back bunker.  He angrily blamed his poor play on one of the teenagers yelling in his backswing.  Thinking one of the youths had purposely tried to ruin his shot, Jumper drove over to the fence, sprang out of the cart, picked up a stick, threw it over the fence at the kids, and proceeded to vault over the fence.  He was determined to “teach those punks a lesson.”  When Jumper was halfway over the fence, one of the youths conked him over the head with a bottle, and another of the teens, who, as it happened, was a black belt in karate, threw him down in pine straw and began to pummel him.  By the time Burger, Dallas, Corby, and Tuna sauntered up to the fence, the “Karate Kid” was holding Jumper face down on the ground.  Jumper looked up, wide-eyed and panicky.  Dallas and the other players knew the teens, and after a moment or two of casual conversation, Dallas said, “Boys, I guess you better let him up now.  We’ll take care of him from here.”  When the group reached the next tee, Tuna said, “Come on, Jumper, let’s go find you another fence to vault.”

Roybob’s Book on Golf: The Hucks, A Golfer’s Divine Comedy, and a Religious Philosophy of Golf

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