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Watch a college golfer finish his round in the dark thanks to a collection of cell phone lights

September 12, 2016

In August, Ryan Moore finished his third round at the John Deere Classic in dark conditions thanks to the light of a giant scoreboard by the 18th green. College golf tournaments don't have quite the same technological resources as the PGA Tour, but college kids can be pretty creative. And one group over the weekend was able to come together to make a similar situation work.

On Saturday at the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University, a final group was left on the course scrambling to finish when it became to dark to continue. Or so it seemed.

Two golfers decided to wait until Sunday to attempt long putts, but one, UC Davis' Ben Corfee, chose to putt his 10-footer. And the people gathered around the green figured out a way to help.

“Ben was the closest and he decided to putt out, and at that point everyone around the green started getting their flashlights opened on their cell phones and came around to create light for him to be able to see,” UC Davis head coach Cy Williams said in an email to Golfweek. “It was a combination of teammates, volunteers, fellow competitors, etc., all spontaneous.”

Here's a photo of the cool scene (Spoiler alert: He made the putt):

And here's video of Corfee's make:

The par putt capped a disappointing 77, but it gave the senior a highlight-reel moment. And it certainly didn't hurt the case to allow cell phones on the golf course.

(h/t Golfweek and