83: Beat the Pro

83: Beat the Pro

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tales of Golf and Sport

Beat the Pro

A hole in one is amazing when you think of the different universes this white mass of molecules has to pass through on its way to the hole.

~Mac O’Grady

Sam Snead tells the story of a charity golf challenge he played years ago.

A pro was stationed at each hole, and threesomes would come up and bet against the pro individually. Sam was positioned at a par-3 hole and, with one shot to the green, whoever’s ball was closest to the pin on the tee-off was the winner.

A threesome approached and the first man said, “Hello, Mr. Snead. I’d like to bet you five hundred dollars that I’ll get closer to the pin than you do.” Snead accepted the challenge. The golfer hit a good shot to the green. Snead hit it past the green and lost the bet.

The second golfer approached, saying, “It’s great to meet you, Mr. Snead. I’m going to make the same bet as my friend. Five hundred dollars says that I’ll hit the ball closer to the pin than you will.” This time, Sam hit the ball twenty yards past the hole and lost the bet again. He just laughed. It was, after all, a charity event and the object was to raise money and have fun.

The last one of the threesome strolled up to Snead and, with a brash New Jersey accent, said, “You washed-up old man! You just don’t have it anymore, do you? I’ll bet thirty-five hundred dollars that I can beat you.” Sam just smiled and quietly accepted the bet. The cocky golfer hit the ball four inches from the pin. “Now beat that, old man,” he said. “You should have put down those clubs years ago.” Again, Sam just smiled. He leaned over and positioned the ball, drew back, took a swing and made a hole-in-one. “Better luck next time,” said Slammin’ Sammy Snead.

~Susan D. Brandenburg
Chicken Soup for the Golfer’s Soul

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