We asked a question on Facebook this weekend: "What are some of the oddest things you've lost (or found) on the golf course?" And the responses ran the gamut. Some were somewhat expected -- clubs, headcovers, gloves, and the like. Some were valuables -- keys, wallets, cash and rings. And some were downright strange.
Here are our favorite responses:
Tom Schipper: Funny you should ask: We found four ice-cold beers in the battery compartment of our cart yesterday. I'm sure some cart barn guy was surprised to see them gone.
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Michael Gorham: We found a bag with $3,000 in it. Spent two hours trying to figure out who it belonged to and eventually did. We called the guy to let him know we had it and he came back -- no smiles, no thank you, gave our cart staff $10.
Patrick Kanipe: A 3-wood about 20 feet up in the top of a pine tree.
Charles Yates: A pet cockatiel bird. Managed to catch it and kept it for around seven years. He was in a bunker. Called him Ben Crenshaw.
John Morton: Found a container of McCormick's Poultry Seasoning in a cart I was cleaning out at the course I am the Golf Professional at. Even more strange? It was empty.
Patrick Bowman: We frequently find World War II bombs doing maintenance here on Okinawa. We close off the areas and (unexploded ammunition) crews come and blow them up. Cool, but humbling.
Patrick Mcelroy: Half eaten golf shoe on the third hole by the water hazard and a bloody sock ten feet from the green.
Ted Tuso: A guy left a cart, his bag, the works in a pond at our course. Came back the next day to claim it.
Bob Bransdon: A putter in the desert at about the 250yd mark on a par 5.
Gary Smith: Pair of dentures in a cup holder.
Pete Welsh: Found one of those old cell phones that resmbled the Army walkie talkies. The guy drove back in his cart with a panicked look and gave me.a $20.
Branden Hall: Found an iPhone. Called the guy's wife and she was not happy that her husband was on the golf course. He didnt want it back. It was more of a hassle because he lived in Canada.
Larry Joseph: I found a pack of smokes with a lottery ticket in it. I won $50 on that ticket.
Michael Maddalena: Lost my wedding ring. It was giving me a blister, so I put in my pocket. My golf cart died on the 12th hole, so I got a new cart. After the round, I realized I had lost my ring. Searched everywhere and decided to go back to old cart and found it had fallen on top of the batteries. Lucky!
Robert Porter Sr.: Lost my key ring to my truck. Walked 18 holes backwards in my exact path, no one saw them. Left notes in club house, weeks and weeks go by, nobody turned them in. Six months after buying a new key, I'm starting a round and digging through my bag for who knows what and there are my keys!
Hans Sickles: Found a iPad last year. Turned it in to the clubhouse and got it back since no one ever claimed it.
And maybe the best response of all:
Cari Carnahan: Fiance! Or he lost me, then he had the gall to wait outside the ladies' locker room and demand the scorecard so he could post his score!
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Billy Casper, a three-time major winner and captain of the 1979 United States Ryder Cup Team, died of a heart attack Saturday in Utah. He was 83.
Casper, who won 51 PGA Tour events, was never considered equal to the game's "Big Three" of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. However, based on the outpouring of emotion Sunday after learning of his death, Casper was a much-beloved and underrated player, mentor and person.
PGA of America President Derek Sprague issued this statement Sunday:
"The PGA of America is saddened to learn of the passing of PGA Member Billy Casper. He was a true champion, an incredible ambassador for the game and a wonderful gentleman. So much so, that we recognized Billy with our highest honor—the PGA Distinguished Service Award in 2010. We always looked forward to our reunions with Billy at the Ryder Cup. He loved the event which he Captained in 1979 and in which he earned more points than any other American player. We were fortunate to have him in our lives, and we will never forget his contributions to the game."
Other prominent figures took to social media to express their thoughts and gratitude:
My deepest condolences to Shirley & the family of my friend @BillyCasper. A great golfer, family man & gentleman. I will miss you Billy. RIP
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) February 8, 2015
JIM HUBER: Billy Casper's legacy more than golf
RIP Billy Casper. We played 1977 Kenya Open! Can still see his legendary draw land 15 ft right and spin sideways to 5 feet! #Inspiration
— Sir Nick Faldo (@NickFaldo006) February 8, 2015
Billy Casper died Saturday at home in Utah. Only 6 other players won more on PGA Tour. Great man, great player, underappreciated.
— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) February 8, 2015
Farmers Insurance Open to honor its 1966 champion Billy Casper during final round today with an image of him on each tee box.
— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) February 8, 2015
RIP Billy Casper. A great champion and a true gentleman.
— PGA of America (@pgaofamerica) February 8, 2015
The ultimate tribute may have come from Jack Nicklaus, who shared these words on his Facebook account:
“Billy Casper was one of the greatest family men—be it inside the game of golf or out—I have had the fortunate blessing to meet. He had such a wonderful balance to his life. Golf was never the most important thing in Billy’s life—family was. There was always much more to Billy Casper than golf. But as a golfer, Billy was a fantastic player, and I don’t think he gets enough credit for being one. I have said many times that during my career, when I looked up at a leaderboard, I wasn’t just looking to see where a Palmer or a Player or a Trevino was. I was also checking to see where Billy Casper was.
"Billy had tremendous confidence. He just believed in himself. You knew when you played against Billy Casper, Billy would not beat himself. You want to talk about someone who could perform under pressure, if you wanted someone to get up and-down for you, Billy Casper was your man. I think it is fair to say that Billy was probably under-rated by those who didn’t play against him. Those who did compete against him, knew how special he was.
“More important than what Billy Casper gave us inside the ropes, he has been so selfless outside them. He has always been so steadfast and committed to his family, his religion, his community, and his unwavering beliefs. And he never asked for anything in return. It was not even a year ago, someone asked Billy how he wanted to remembered, and he said, ‘I want to be remembered for how I loved my fellow man.’
“Over the last 15 to 20 years, my friendship with Billy blossomed. We had a number of common threads, but the one that truly connected us was our love of family and those shared values. It was a genuine treat every time I saw Billy and that smile on his face. Because I knew I was about to talk to a dear friend. I—we—lost a true friend tonight. Barbara and I send out our most heartfelt prayers and love to Shirley, their kids, and all those loving grandkids and great grandkids who tonight are wrapping their arms around the loving memories of a wonderful man.”