The Farmers Insurance Open starts today. The following piece is from the archives.
AT RIGHT AND BELOW IS TORREY PINES Golf Course on a sunny day. But the Torrey Pines golf story I'm going to tell you happened in the moonlight.
|Torrey Pines and the La Jolla coastline.|
All of us at one time or another have played golf until dark. I was out one day after work with two or three golf buddies on Torrey Pines South Course when we ran out of daylight. (It was 30 years ago when I lived in the San Diego area.) We were in the middle of the back nine, so we started walking in.
The sky was clear and there was a full moon. You could see your shadow in the moonlight.
When we got to the 18th -- the par five you might have seen on TV with the pond in front -- I decided to tee it up just for yucks. I made my swing, it felt good, and we continued to walk in.
I wasn't going to look too hard for the ball -- after all, it was dark -- but there it was right in the middle of the fairway.
I pulled my three wood, aimed a bit right to avoid the pond, and took my swing. Again, it felt good, but I had no idea where it went.
Admittedly, this was a difficult shot to execute in the daylight with the pond in full view. I normally bailed out right. In this particular situation, I had no such concerns. I just kept my head down and made a smooth swing. We kept walking.
I walked on the line that I hoped my ball had traveled, but I had no expectation of finding it. There it was! It was on the fringe in two, a first for me. Now I'm definitely playing out.
I could barely make out the flag, so I walked on to the middle of the green to gauge slope and distance. I returned to my bag and pulled my 8-iron. I aimed right, knowing the chip would swing left. It was a total guess in the dark, but I hit a solid chip.
Maybe you have already guessed what happened. Yes, I chipped in for a 3. I eagled number 18 on Torrey South in the moonlight!
Unbelievable, I know. And absolutely true.