GMR, on 06 February 2018 - 07:42 AM, said:
To preface this, please don't read the following as bitterness, more just something that happened I thought was funny... Curious to hear any stories anyone else might have about funny results of these types of contests.
Played in a pairs betterball a week or so ago, and they had a par 3 set up for closest to hole, and a par 5 designated as the long drive hole. Pretty standard. Long drive hole is a 550yd par 5 that runs uphill all the way from the teebox (probably plays close to 600yds) with cross-bunkers around the 280 mark. Never really understood why they chose that hole since it's probably a 3w hole for a super long driver, especially in the summer...but I digress.
Anyway we're playing in the middle of the winter, about 40 degrees out, ground is wet and getting no roll, and the hole happens to be playing into about a 15mph wind on the day in question. I plan on hitting 3w since I'm not getting home in 2 anyway and it can be penal if you miss wide, but my playing partners goad me into hitting driver. I've been hitting it decently to that point so I decide to give it a rip. Absolutely pure one and get to about 15 yards short of the bunkers--so about 265 uphill into the wind with no roll. Partners are hooping and hollering and carrying on saying they couldn't believe how far up there I got, so I'm feeling pretty good about my chances.
So long story short we were one of the first groups out and I am not able to wait around for the awards since there are about 15 groups out after us. We tell the guy in the pro shop that I absolutely nailed one on the long drive hole, and ask him to call us with the results and hold the prize in case I win it (nice £60 bottle of champagne), which he offers to do.
Anyway so next day I see the score results of the contest go up online, but nothing about Closest to the Pin or the Long Drive, so I call into the pro shop to see if I won, or if not who beat me. Guy remembers me from the previous day and is really nice when I call, and tells me I didn't win the long drive. I'm a little shocked but I'm not exactly Rory long, so I'm curious and ask him how far out the the guy hit it past me. He tells me the name of the person and then, "she apparently really got ahold of one."
"She?" Yes so apparently the long-drive was won by a lady playing off the ladies' tees. Which is great and all, except that on that particular hole the ladies' tees are 110 yards up from the medal tees, meaning anything 160 or better in the fairway had me beat. I kinda laughed and told the proshop guy that I wasn't aware any ladies had been in the competition. Turns out she was the only lady in the field...go figure.
Anybody else have any fun stories?
Hahaha. I have pretty much the exact same story. Some years back, I lost the long drive prize to a girl, who played the ladies' tees, which were a good 100 yards ahead of the mens' tees on that hole. Not just any girl either, but a current D1 college player. I didn't really care, as the prize was just some crap Nike driver that I didn't want, but still, it was funny/annoying.