Henrik Stenson famously stripped to his skivvies at a WGC event in 2009, but that was in balmy Florida. This past Sunday, a player on the Ferris State University club team was more cavalier. As the dormant grass in the video suggests, true spring has yet to kiss Michigan.
“It was a little chilly, and I don’t have that pair of underwear anymore,” said sophomore Michael Madden, who finished the remaining holes of his round at Eagle Eye Golf Club commando after swimming to his tee shot at the 16th, which a ricochet off a cart path had left in unlikely playable position on a small decorative island bordered by railroad ties. A similar island exists to the right of the 17th green at TPC Sawgrass.
But the swim was all for naught. “When I got to the island, I saw there was a big goose living there,” said Madden. “There were about 20 balls and I saw what looked like my ball behind her, but this goose looked really mean.”
The secret to tournament golf is never compounding one mistake with another. Dripping wet, Madden swam back and took a drop, ultimately making a triple-bogey 7 en route to an 81. But he kept his grip dry, and his team won the qualifier to advance to the National Collegiate Club Golf Association National Championship, April 23-24th at The Resort at Glade Springs in West Virginia.
A tip of the cap to Michael for his spunk. If he finds himself in a similar situation this weekend, at least the water should be a little warmer.