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#1 ZA206

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Posted 13 February 2016 - 09:49 PM

Back in 1999/2000 range, I got my handicap down to the point where I entered in a local US Amatuer public links qualifier. I didn't do it with an expectation of actually qualifying, I just wanted to play in a real tournament at least once in my life.

After 17 holes of up and down golf (I think I was 5 over), the final hole was an uphill par 4 that was about 450 or so with the green backing up to the clubhouse, the green was really close to the clubhouse... Maybe 30 yards or less, and there were probably 100 or more people in a gallery around the green (scoring tables were on the patio).. I crush my tee shot and have about 185 in on my second shot. I was long hitting in the group, so was the last to hit my second shot. By the time I got ready to hit my second, the other players and caddies had come up to where my caddy was and were watching me....

So with all eyes on me, I flushed the 5 iron, but smothered it so it came out like a 2 iron with a draw.... LOL. Hilarity then ensued... The ball was a rocket starting on the pin, then drawing off the left side of the green, yet never seeming to actually slow down or descend like a 5 iron. Next thing thing I know, the ball smacks the 2nd story side of the clubhouse on the fly making a huge "pow". The gallery at the green gasped, then we all watched the ricocheting ball careen off the 2nd story roof and into the parking lot where it must have bounced 40 ft high and landed on the hood of bright red corvette parked front and center to clubhouse. The car had one of those cheesy aftermarket car alarms and it started going crazy.

The gallery all busted out laughing and my caddy (best friend) said "nice shot jackass"... Which promptly made all of my playing partners and their caddies double over laughing..... So there I was, standing in the fairway, by myself being mocked on all sides. I wanted to stab myself!

At this point, it dawned on me that I had to finish out the hole. I didn't see any white stakes near the parking lot (LOL), so I walked up about 75 yards until I could see a Marshall sorta near the parking lot. I yell to the Marshall "Is the parking lot OB??!!!!!".... More hilarity...

At that point, the Marshall puts his hand over his face and just shakes his head yes (nods it) and the gallery at the green erupts laughing even louder... So I march back down the fairway (with everyone still laughing) to my divot and drop another ball. My caddy says loudly to my group "this outta be good..". I hit the next one on a rope to 6 ft (actually got a cheer from the gallery on that one)... and of course, miss the putt.

I've never been that embarrassed about anything in my entire life..... What's your most embarrassing shot?

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Posted 13 February 2016 - 10:04 PM

I mentioned this in another thread but it applies to this one too.

Many years ago when I was a once a month golfer I got invited to play in the Don Drysdale Senior Pro-Am. The first round I played with Duke Snyder. First tee, several hundred people watching. Duke smashes a tee shot to a big applause. My name is announced and I tee it up. I take a PGA worthy practice swing and settle over the ball. I look down and my hands are shaking like I have palsy. I snap hook it 150 yards into a lake

I quickly headed to the cart and got away from a very uncomfortable setting.

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Posted 13 February 2016 - 11:10 PM

18th hole on a Saturday afternoon.  There was a pond left of the green, and on the other side was an outdoor wedding venue filled with people.  Snap hooked a hybrid and nailed one of the bridesmaids square in the back.  

As I hit it, I could tell what was coming but it seemed like it took 45 minutes to hit her.  My playing partner yelled Fore, but I don't think they knew what it meant or that it was meant for them.  I'd already interrupted the wedding, I didn't know whether to yell sorry across the pond or whether I needed to walk all the way around the pond to see if she was ok, or just slink away to the clubhouse.

It was horrifying and embarrassing and every time I play that hole and there's a wedding going on, I freeze up and push the ball as far right as I possibly can.
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Posted 14 February 2016 - 09:13 PM

First shot of the state championship in high school my junior year. Was on my high horse about qualifying and thought I was stuntin' hard in an all white get-up. Get my name announced, line up my drive, and top it about 30 yds.
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Posted 14 February 2016 - 09:22 PM

I just joined a nice private club like two weeks ago, where the local college practices. Playing by myself on A random Tuesday and the best looking female on their team was practicing when I drove up to the tenth tee. She waves me through, and I nailed the drive, right down the middle. Drive by, say thanks, walk up to my second shot, extremely confident at this point (basically ready to knock the pin down) and i set up for a fade completely forgetting I sh*nked every fade attempt I looked at on the range.  of course, dead left streaking into the woods. It did bounce out back into play which was nice, but the damage had been done. I gave her one last wave and a wave to all my ghost fans watching in sarcasm and tucked tail.

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Posted 14 February 2016 - 09:42 PM

Ever?.........In a scramble a few years back. We make the turn to #1. Par 5, about 520. BUT, you can carry the pond, right at the flag, if you can carry it around 290. So here we are, waiting, right next to the putting green. The group behind us, who we know, pulls up. My guys all hit down the fairway. Now, I'm about a +2 at the time. I've successfully hit this shot probably 75% of the time, at least dry near the green. Now we have an audience of about 30-40 people. There's even a few wagers happening, as they all know me.........And I pretty much topped it, had it teed up high, going after it....LMAO...........There was silence, followed by a roar......Now for the embarrassing part. We did win the scramble. At the awards ceremony, as we accept our prize, I get the bad news. There was a video, yes, clearly showing me and my finest drive. Yep, Facebook and YOU f'ing TUBE!!!!......LOL

I would have no problem showing you guys the video, but I can't produce it...Lost in the shuffle.....LOL

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Posted 14 February 2016 - 09:44 PM

I shanked it off the first tee at Pebble Beach into the hotel on the right.....

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 02:46 AM

I picked up the game of golf in 2008. Fell in love and started practicing a ton. Had the normal beginners slice, but had tons of fun playing the game anyways. two years later, the Commander invites me out to a round of golf. Cant really say no, so there I am standing on the first tee of this posh private club. The entire right side of the fairway was lined with houses, and Woods on the left. I am thinking, aim left and hope it comes back in play. I rear back and take a mighty swipe at the ball. Catch it flush, smashed the first layer off this ball. (not really, but you get the idea). I watch the ball start straight down the fairway. at this point I feel mighty proud. My first swing on a real course in front of the boss, and I smashed it. Or so I thought. about 150 yds downrange, the ball take a 90 degree turn right. I mean the frigging thing put the signal light on and looked both ways. SMASH. Yep, the sound of breaking glass filled the air. Wanna talk about feeling small. To add insult to injury, the lady of the house comes out holding my ball. Never lived that one down, and still get nervous hitting tee shots around houses. lol.
I felt really good about that shot....
Until I hit it.

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 12:00 PM

Playing this course for the first time, it was a links style course with alot of the holes running parallel to each other. 9th hole shortish par 4 that the fairway ran out at about 220, hit the fairway and had 160ish over water so i hit my 8 iron, stuck my finish and posed for the cameras as my well struck shot landed inside 10 feet. Looked at my playing partners for encouragement as one of them said "nice shot, but thats the wrong green". Apparently it was a dogleg right and i thought it was a layup then a shot over the water (which is a cooler option in my opinion lol)
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Posted 15 February 2016 - 12:35 PM

I was about 12 years old and playing golf with my younger brother and mother.  The tees at this par 3 course were packed down dirt in lieu of grass.  We got to a particularly long hole (for me) and I pulled my trusty 3-wood and teed up a ball.  I made a huge swing and heard the unmistakable "crack" of laminated maple hitting a golf ball.  I knew it was probably the best shot of my life.  As I looked up to track this monster shot, I could not find the ball in the air.  I blurted out, "Where did it go?  Where is my ball?"  My little brother said, "Right there" and pointed to where my ball still sat on the tee.  I had hit a small pebble with my whiff, which created the sound.  Sigh.  50+ years later and my brother still likes to remind me. Posted Image


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Posted 15 February 2016 - 01:12 PM

I was playing a ratty little course with my kids.  The second hole was driveable for me at that time, the green was tucked up right by a busy street.  After an awe inspiring drive, I was blocked by a tree, so I was going to show the kids my studly Phil flop.  Dead skulled it, across the street and into an open garage.  No car, but it banged and bounced off random garage stuff forever, then trickled back down the driveway into the street, where it was run over and thumped around under the car.  Kids being kids, they thought it was the funniest thing they had ever seen, and could not wait to rat me out to their mother.

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 04:27 PM

If you top a three wood good enough it'll actually go backwards.

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 01:43 AM

You can't beat this, at a Mizuno Forum meet 2 years ago and I didn't know or had met anyone before, you know when you get that feeling that you're reaching and it's just not right when your over the ball, but for some reason you don't step back and still go for it!  Well I did get it cleanly and straight up the fairway with the 2nd continuous swing :cheesy:  

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 10:37 AM

My first big tournament a few years ago. I was nervous as could be. Got to the first tee and topped my drive about 20 yards..     Still made par actually, but for a minute I just wanted to go home and cry.
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Posted 16 February 2016 - 03:57 PM

Swinging out of my shoes...

In my junior year of HS (1987) I got on the HS team just to learn how to play (and because team members got a free membership during golf season to the club where we played home matches).  Our first match was about 4 weeks after the first time I put my hands on a club. My dad got me some really old used clubs to use in case golf did not work out for me. Even though in our matches I was never good enough to have my score count towards the overall match, all on the team got to play.  At the time I could only drive about 150 yards and I was using 15 year old persimmon woods and balls I found OB on the course.  I also did not have any spiked golf shoes.  

At one of the early matches I stepped up to the 17th hole to hit across a lake that was about 170 yards long.  I had been hitting it poorly but I had a chance to redeem myself with a good drive.  It had just stopped raining and the grass on the tee box was wet and muddy.  I was wearing a white shirt.  I put my tee and ball down on the tee box and take my practice swings.  With about half my team and the opponent's team watching from around adjoining area, I swing with the hardest and fastest force I can muster from just playing for the first time only weeks ago.  I completely whiff the ball on the tee and I loose my footing on the wet tee box.  My feet and legs literally fly into the air, father than my ball does, as I now realize I am looking up to the sky.  I land squarely on my back in the wet grass and mud.  I look over to see my ball still on the tee, resolute and untouched.  I start to compose myself and figure out what just happened only to hear over a dozen people burst out in laughter.  My coach walks over and, helps me back up to my feet, and reminds me I have to continue play.  On my second swing I top the ball into the pond and record a 10 on a short par 4.

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 02:06 PM

I whiffed one in a scramble on the 1st tee as an "A" player...

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 07:46 PM

Never had the pleasure....or the pain to Tee off inside of the ropes..... but....


1st hole on a sorta short dogleg right par 4,  over cook it right into trees.... I am 180 Yards blind, in jail.  I cant see the green,  I have a 5 iron in hand that I hit 180 yards, I figured, I open that thing as much as I can, pull hard left and cut it around everything land softly in front of the green and I should be fine.


Hit the most beautiful shot I ever felt,  didnt quite see it.....my playing partner on the other hand sees is..... and starts screaming his head off   "fore, Fore, FOOORRREEE".....


4 old....and Old as in, flag on the cart old so they can drive up to the greens......Standing around the cup,  the ball lands right in the middle of the 4 men,  while one of them is putting..... The ball stops 3 ft from the cup and the 4 men turn around looking at us.


My 2 playing partners in the fairway are stunned, my playing partner is stunned and you see me bolt like a bat out of hell towards the green apologizing profusely.....needless to say the old men were too old to react, they were in shock, and when they saw me running out of the woods they knew it was a total accident.... 2 of them said "Great shot" and one of them came back from the 2 hole to see me make the birdie putt and clapped....


I almost killed an old man...... but I got a pat on the back and golf clap for a birdie.... yikes.......

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 08:29 PM

View PostExactice808, on 17 February 2016 - 07:46 PM, said:

Never had the pleasure....or the pain to Tee off inside of the ropes..... but....


1st hole on a sorta short dogleg right par 4,  over cook it right into trees.... I am 180 Yards blind, in jail.  I cant see the green,  I have a 5 iron in hand that I hit 180 yards, I figured, I open that thing as much as I can, pull hard left and cut it around everything land softly in front of the green and I should be fine.


Hit the most beautiful shot I ever felt,  didnt quite see it.....my playing partner on the other hand sees is..... and starts screaming his head off   "fore, Fore, FOOORRREEE".....


4 old....and Old as in, flag on the cart old so they can drive up to the greens......Standing around the cup,  the ball lands right in the middle of the 4 men,  while one of them is putting..... The ball stops 3 ft from the cup and the 4 men turn around looking at us.


My 2 playing partners in the fairway are stunned, my playing partner is stunned and you see me bolt like a bat out of hell towards the green apologizing profusely.....needless to say the old men were too old to react, they were in shock, and when they saw me running out of the woods they knew it was a total accident.... 2 of them said "Great shot" and one of them came back from the 2 hole to see me make the birdie putt and clapped....


I almost killed an old man...... but I got a pat on the back and golf clap for a birdie.... yikes.......

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 09:06 PM

Managed to win our way through to the final of the club mens foresomes when my partner and i were a couple of 14yr olds who didnt know better. At that age you hold little fear and we won through our matches easily which is easy to do when there are no crowds or real pressure when you were expected to lose every match.

Finals day comes around and the opening hole was a 230y par 3 straight down hill with houses behind the hole and a fence effectively starting at the back fringe. Only struck me after warming up that i would be hitting the first shot and the nerves kicked in. Id only been playing golf a couple of years and was still v green around the ears. Our final is called and as one of the first there is a big crowd waiting for the other finals to start, probably a good hundred people surrounding the tee which felt like Surreys version of the 16th at the Waste Management at that time.

My names called and i somehow get the ball on the tee, take a step back like the pros do and lined up this shot as if my life depended on it. I settle over the ball, take one look over my shoulder and take the club back. All i could think of is "dont fk up" as i start the downswing. Crack goes the ball, followed immediately by another one as the ball smacks straight into a tree about 10 ft infront of me and 5 ft to the right of the tee. Down drops the ball quicker than my evaporating hopes and dreams. That uncomfortable silence followed as i picked up my tee and shuffled back to the bag. On the plus side i didnt have to walk far to get to our next shot. My partner laces on that flew straight over the top of the flag, sadly i think it was still rising and smashes into the fence behind the green and the crowd shuffles off probably to look for the eejits who lost to these two duffers.

It was probably the longest walk either of us had had up until that point in our careers and the match was over before it had even started. So up i walk to the ball, take a quick look and proceed to chip in for the win. Looking up not a soul was left watching and even the referee was facing the other way probably thinking what had he done to deserve this final. FML

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 09:25 PM

You know the hard part..... is I want to empty my likes in the thread.....but I feel bad its not like I am like your misfortune or the stress.... but the fact that you can share the challenging stories and play on ..... MAN I give you all some credit....un real.... having to play with crowds....

I get nervous playing by myself.....over a 3 ft put thats dead straight....cant imagine.... a 2 ft put dead straight with 100+people watching to win something.......@#$%*)&)(*)@*()$_*)(%&#@!

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#21 whysguy

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 10:35 PM

About 1987, been playing a year or so. On a vendor trip to AZ, and want to play.  Staying at Gainey Ranch but decide to Call down to the Phoenician and ask if they get a single out. Yep, got a spot. Hussle my a** over there and they rush me to the tee box as my group is up.
They introduce me to: Sen. Joe Biden, who had just ended a run for the presidency due to an aneurysm.,Golf professional Ed Oldfield (taught Patty Shehan, writes for Golf Digest) and a congressman from Chicago whose name I cant remember.
They have all hit and I have to tee it up. Oh s***! I'm a nervous wreck.
Right off the hosel and right thru the cart of the Senator and the congressman....
I'm in shock,um, um, um,... all I can do is apologize and tee up another, right down the middle. Whew.

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#22 tsmithers

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Posted 19 February 2016 - 09:52 PM

Work trip to Mexico last year. I had just shot a 78 with my first hole in one a couple days before the trip.  My game was in great shape. A coworker's guest on the trip was talking trash while we were heavily intoxicated the night before so I did a little trash talking back at him. He went to bed early, I stayed up all night drinking tequila and slept for maybe an hour before we got in a van to the course at 6:30am. I was shaking the whole ride and on the range. We went to the first tee and I was in this guy's group and about 8 other coworkers were behind us watching. I proceeded to hit two grounders into the swamp in front of the tee and then right turn sliced one into the woods. I shot a 95, he shot a 79. Embarrassing after the trash talk.

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Posted 20 February 2016 - 10:20 PM

Playing my home course the first year I started playing, on a nice wide open par 5. Step up to the tee, there's some player's on the hole about 280 out. I'm playing a K-Mart Blue Light Special driver with a swing that could make a competitive eater lose their appetite. I decide I'll hit because i don't know if I've hit a driver over 150 yet today (not for the lack of effort though). I was 16 and really leaned into it, and I hit the purest drive I had to date. It landed right center of the fairway, after it richoceted directly off their cart that they were sitting in waiting for the group ahead.

they turned the cart around and were barelling back to the tee box, on the bright side I made it back to the parking lot before they caught me.
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Posted 21 February 2016 - 12:41 PM

High school league tourney first tee short par 4 with tee setup left and tree lined o.b. entire length left side.  Get announced as low scoring average for the year and have the tee as No. 1.  Promptly dig driver fat and chunk the drive about 80 yards out and 80 yards left out of bounds, ha.  Smooth double bogey to start the day.  I did recover to shoot 74 and make All tourney team, but damn that was embarrassing.

Nowadays I'm shameless, I've hit every manner of bad shot possible - its ever so much sweeter to recover and see the the color go out of your playing pards faces when you pull par from out of trash.

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Posted 21 February 2016 - 06:29 PM

I passed my PAT for the PGA with a whiff on the first hole.

I hit a drive too far left on a par 4 and it was up against a bush. I tried pitching out and a branch caught the shaft on the downswing and deflected my club away from the ball. I really wasn't embarrassed until the guy with my card told me I made a nice 5 and I reminding him that I whiffed one. He thought it was a practice swing

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 10:16 AM

I've hit some pathetically bad shots but the one that sticks with me was back when a slice was all I could hit, I managed to pull a tee shot so far left that it cleared the houses that lined the fairway and landed somewhere in their driveway/yard/street.  My FIL then put his driver back in the bag and just drove us to the next tee box haha.  Boy I hope I never hit one that bad again.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 12:43 PM

not me but I feel obligated to share:

In a high school tournament we bet our number four player he wouldn't tee of with his putter.

He did.

He drove it perfectly about 220 right down the fairway. His putter head flew about 40 yards and landed on the cartpath. He putted his whole round with his 3wood. funniest thing I've ever seen.

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Posted 23 February 2016 - 12:52 PM

First tee at a Fairfield Resort in Flagstaff, AZ.  This happened in 1992.  I hit a tree to the right of the tee box, the ball ricocheted on to the clubhouse roof, rolled off the roof and hit the roof of a golf cart of a couple of guys waiting to tee off.

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Posted 23 February 2016 - 02:06 PM

View Postro11away, on 14 February 2016 - 09:13 PM, said:

First shot of the state championship in high school my junior year. Was on my high horse about qualifying and thought I was stuntin' hard in an all white get-up. Get my name announced, line up my drive, and top it about 30 yds.
Boy, was my ego bruised :swoon2:
hahah this is my nightmare!!!
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Posted 29 February 2016 - 10:31 PM

View PostBVIChester, on 17 February 2016 - 09:06 PM, said:

Managed to win our way through to the final of the club mens foresomes when my partner and i were a couple of 14yr olds who didnt know better. At that age you hold little fear and we won through our matches easily which is easy to do when there are no crowds or real pressure when you were expected to lose every match.

Finals day comes around and the opening hole was a 230y par 3 straight down hill with houses behind the hole and a fence effectively starting at the back fringe. Only struck me after warming up that i would be hitting the first shot and the nerves kicked in. Id only been playing golf a couple of years and was still v green around the ears. Our final is called and as one of the first there is a big crowd waiting for the other finals to start, probably a good hundred people surrounding the tee which felt like Surreys version of the 16th at the Waste Management at that time.

My names called and i somehow get the ball on the tee, take a step back like the pros do and lined up this shot as if my life depended on it. I settle over the ball, take one look over my shoulder and take the club back. All i could think of is "dont fk up" as i start the downswing. Crack goes the ball, followed immediately by another one as the ball smacks straight into a tree about 10 ft infront of me and 5 ft to the right of the tee. Down drops the ball quicker than my evaporating hopes and dreams. That uncomfortable silence followed as i picked up my tee and shuffled back to the bag. On the plus side i didnt have to walk far to get to our next shot. My partner laces on that flew straight over the top of the flag, sadly i think it was still rising and smashes into the fence behind the green and the crowd shuffles off probably to look for the eejits who lost to these two duffers.

It was probably the longest walk either of us had had up until that point in our careers and the match was over before it had even started. So up i walk to the ball, take a quick look and proceed to chip in for the win. Looking up not a soul was left watching and even the referee was facing the other way probably thinking what had he done to deserve this final. FML
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