La La Land

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

Huck Tales


La La Land

Every year Golden Eagle hosts the Seminole Intercollegiate Golf Tournament in which various colleges or universities join The Florida State University in matches. The tournament spans three days with everything wrapping up early Sunday afternoon. The course, naturally, is closed during the tournament, but the Hucks are permitted to play Sunday afternoon after all the college players have gone through.

One year, we had been cleared for tee off on the back nine. The front nine was still tied up. Tim, the Head Professional, cautioned us to keep our voices down and steer well clear of the final group. We were about two and a half holes behind the leaders.

Number eleven, however, runs parallel to number thirteen. The thirteenth green is about a hundred yards in front of and to the right of the eleventh tee. One of the Hucks’ foursomes was teeing off on eleven as the tournament leaders were putting out on the thirteenth green. If you have not already guessed what happened, a Huck, whom we shall call La, managed to hit his tee shot from the eleventh tee onto the thirteenth green. It was a high, skied shot that flew far right and made a nice, loud thud when it landed on the green.

The college players began looking around, and when they realized what had happened, they laughed as much as we did. Undaunted, La marched over to the green, recovered his ball, took a drop to the side of the green, hit his shot, and moved on. The next year, Tim did not let us tee off until the college players were further out of range.

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

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