God Was My Caddie
by Mad Dog
jumped out of an airplane, hung with sharks 100 feet under water, and
driven the L.A. freeways during rush hour, I figured I could summon up
the courage to hit a little white ball with a stick.
I played my first round of golf the other day and I have to say I
didnít embarrass myself. Of course it helps that there was no one on
the course to see me other than my brother and he was in a charitable
mood. Either that or he lost his sense of humor. Either way, Iím
Admitting that I played is a
tough thing for me, since Iíve always thought golf to be a silly game,
this in spite of the fact that Tiger Woods makes more money by waking up
in the morning than Iíll earn in my life. Itís expensive, itís not
a lot of exercise, I look really bad in green and yellow plaid, and
Iím always afraid Iíll run into my banker. Or feel bad because I
should run into my banker but I donít have one. I bet Tiger has a
whole slew of them.
But golf is changing. Even
rebellious rock Ďn rollers are hitting the links. Sure theyíre also
letting their music be used to sell cars, get people into Target stores,
and peddle computer operating systems which after 15 years of refinement
still crash hourly, but why let the fact that theyíre destroying our
musical memories stand in the way of making money?
I scoffed when Hootie of
Blowfish fame said he loves to play golf. I cringed when Iggy Pop
confessed that he does it all the time. And the very idea that this year
was the fifth MTX/Alice Cooper Celebrity Amateur tournamentóand that
Cooperís done ads for Calloway golf clubsówas enough to make me feel
like Iíd been welcomed to my nightmare.
He says he
didnít do anything special, like pray over the ball, clean it with
holy water, or create a diversion by yelling, ďLook! The Popeís
singing Because I Got High.Ē while an altar boy dropped a ball
in the hole.
considering Iíve jumped out of an airplane, hung with sharks 100 feet
under water, and driven the L.A. freeways during rush hour, I figured I
could summon up the courage to hit a little white ball with a stick. My
only disappointment is that in nine holes I didnít get a hole in one.
To be honest, I didnít expect
to, though it would have been nice. It would have made my day, given me
something to laud over my brother forever, and been the perfect excuse
never to play again since Iíd already accomplished the ultimate. But
the odds were against me.
According to the National
Hole-In-One Foundation (motto: ďYou never get a second chance to hit a
hole in one.Ē) the odds of an amateur doing this are 1 in 12,600, or
about the same as me and J.Lo spending Christmas with her family. This
means that if you hit 12,600 balls off the same tee, one of them should
go in. Since a bucket of balls costs $4, theoretically anyone could
become a member of the hole-in-one club for a maximum of $1680, which
incidentally is the cost of a round of golf at Pebble Beach. At
midnight. When itís raining.
Another way to insure hitting a
hole in one is to have good friends in high places, and what higher
friend could you have in your corner than God? Okay, maybe Robert
Downey, Jr. is higher, but thatís different. Besides, heíd only be a
plus if you were looking for high friends in good places.
This seems to have worked for
Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroitóthe God connection, not the Downey
oneówho just last week sank a hole in one. He says he didnít do
anything special, like pray over the ball, clean it with holy water, or
create a diversion by yelling, ďLook! The Popeís singing Because
I Got High.Ē while an altar boy dropped a ball in the hole. But
face it, he had help. After all, you donít get that high up the
churchís organizational chart the same way you get good roles in
Hollywood. You know, by having a good agent. You do it by having friends
in high places.
I wasnít bitten by the bug. Iím not thinking about
putting spikes on the bottom of my Chuck Taylor All-Star black
Despite his denials, people are probably already start flocking
to the course hoping to duplicate his feat. Or at least get a glimpse of
the Virgin Mary on a rusty golf cart, a divot that looks like Mother
Theresa, or the brand new golf balls mysteriously signed by Ben Hogan.
To his credit, Maida didnít do it for the moneyóit was a benefit. Of
course that probably didnít stop him from giving his caddy a good tip:
Donít lie, cheat, or covet another manís wife or youíll wind up in
A few days later and a couple
hundred miles away, Michael Grimaldi did win money for getting a hole in
one. A cool million bucks. Unfortunately he wonít be seeing any of it
since he was playing as a representative of his employer, General
Motors, and their policy is to put golf winnings into a legal defense
fund in case they discover that they too were using those cool
self-destructing tires Firestone makes. Just kidding. Actually Firestone
quit making them. The truth is, GM is donating the money to charity.
Obviously Grimaldi doesnít have the connections the cardinal does.
Itís hard to say whether
Iíll make it back to a golf course or not since I wasnít bitten by
the bug. Iím not thinking about putting spikes on the bottom of my
Chuck Taylor All-Star black monochrome high-tops. And Iím not using my
tax refund check as a down payment on three weeks at Alice Cooperís
Golf Skills and Doll Decapitation Camp. But I might go ahead and hit a
bucket of balls from time to time. After all, the sooner I start working
my way through those 12,600 the sooner, God willing, Iíll get that
hole in one.
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