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April 25, 2017 - 8:28am
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T.J. Auclair
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It's not uncommon to stumble upon alligators while playing a round of golf in certain parts of the country. But two gators rumbling? That doesn't happen every day.

The list of things I hope not to encounter on a golf course isn't very long. But, among the highlights are these three, in no particular order:

1. A score worse than bogey (pretty much unavoidable, so I've learned to live with it)

2. Snakes

3. Alligators

The topic for this piece is entry No. 3: alligators.

I can't stand the people who say, "If you leave them alone, they'll leave you alone." Guys, those things are like water dinosaurs!

Last week on the 18th hole at Panthers Run at Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., YouTube user derekreed36d captured video of two gators all-out rumbling in a body of water that skirts the fairway of the hole.

Here it is:

Those gators were huge. No, thank you. 

April 23, 2017 - 2:31pm
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T.J. Auclair
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summer golf goals
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Setting golf goals for the summer ahead -- big or small, it doesn't matter -- will give you something to shoot for when you get out on the course and something to look back on when your season ends.

There's no such thing as "too much golf," right?

Chances are if you're playing a good bit of golf, you're doing it for many reasons, two of which are: because you love it; because you're trying to shoot the best round you can every time you get out there.

With an emphasis on that "trying to shoot the best round you can every time you get out there" reason, we asked the 414,000+ in Facebook Nation to share with us their golf goals for this summer.

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As usual, you did not disappoint with nearly 400 replies.

Here's a collection of our favorite responses and good luck to all of you in meeting your goals:

"Break 80 at my new local course. Beautiful but difficult." -- Sam Nord

"Shoot par! Been close, hopefully this is the year." -- Shannon Holt

"To have the family break 50 on nine holes." -- Jake Busbia

"Get my 13 handicap to single digits... and make my first hole in one." -- Todd Evans

"To be able to play twice a month." -- Michael McKinnon

"Work to get to 80. Started playing at age 52, now 68. Still learning." -- Dave Hake

"Improve my short game." -- Mark Davidson

"Be consistent, patient, and not get mad about a bad shot!" -- Gerald Adams

"Same as every year. Play more and lower my handicap." -- Phil Nykamp

"Pass the PAT in June. Feeling pretty good about it." -- Chris Shearer

"To play 40 rounds." -- Jim St Pierre

"Just keeping it in the fairway would be nice." -- Dave Harvey

"Helping my 12 year old break 80." -- Josh Spangler

"Cut down on the number of houses I hit." -- Lou Madray

"To see more golf tournaments." -- Joe O'Malley

"Reach 76 or lower. Lowest as of now is 80 I think it's reasonable." -- Matt Duider

"Win one of the 3 tournaments I play in with my friends, and break my best score of 76." -- Mike Nash

"Play twice a week. Shoot in low 80s. Get one birdie each week. Six pars each round. Nine bogeys each round." -- Mark Budahl

"Win some tournaments. Plus get my index from 12 into single digits. I have a good PGA instructor." -- Phillip Nahkai

"Completed my goal last summer. Moved to Florida, now I play all year." -- Lou Berlingeri

"Since I'm still a goal now is to break 100. Absolutely love the game!" -- Michael Barnett

"Get out as much as I can. Enjoy where I'm at and who I'm with. And beat my last score." -- Brent Ruark

"Win my first Amateur tournaments and play at least 100 rounds this year." -- Mayur Patel

"I'm the living definition of the weekend hack, my goal is to play twice a week, and break 90 on my home course." -- John Golinsky

"It's always to play more, but this year I want to introduce my kids to the game I love so much and to get my handicap down to below 6." -- Rob Hampton

"I want to have fun and laugh a lot." -- Henry Velasquez

That last one is our favorite. No better way to end this piece. 

April 23, 2017 - 12:08pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Bud Cauley
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Ugh. Whether you're a weekend worrier or a PGA Tour player, that pretty much sums up the feeling when you inadvertently double-hit a golf shot like Bud Cauley did on Saturday.

An overwhelming majority of the time, PGA Tour players make the game look ridiculously easy.

But, every now and again, they hit that one shot that the rest of the world can relate to -- the kind where, as you stare at the television in disbelief, you say, "Hey! I've done that!"

And that, friends, was the fate of one Bud Cauley on Saturday during the third round of the Valero Texas Open.

RELATED: An explanation of the rule for a 'double-hit' during a golf shot

Playing the par-4 12th hole at the TPC San Antonio Oaks Course, Cauley just missed the green with his approach shot.

Playing a delicate chip from some sticky rough, Cauley made contact with the ball not once, but twice -- once when he intended to strike it and a second time on the follow through:

Unlike the majority of us, Cauley cleaned up his bogey from the fringe to limit the damage. He would shoot a 2-over 74 for the day and enters the final found tied for fourth, just two off the lead.

For those wondering, Cauley incurred a one-stroke penalty for the double hit, under Rule 14-4: if a player strikes the ball more than once during a stroke, the player must count the stroke and adds a penalty stroke for two strokes in all. The player would play the ball as it lies. 

April 23, 2017 - 10:34am
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T.J. Auclair
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golf ball, hash browns
If that big, usually delicious, heap of hash browns you just ate tasted a little weird, it may be because it contained pieces of golf balls. No, seriously.

What do you love with your Sunday brunch? Perhaps a coffee, some eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage and a side of hash browns?

After hearing this story, you might want to think twice about the hash browns.

Frozen hash browns by the Harris Teeter and Roundy's brands -- sold in nine states -- have been recalled because the potatoes might contain pieces of golf balls.

Yes, you read that correctly.


McCain Foods USA's recall notice on the US Food & Drug Administration site says the hash browns could be "contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials" that "may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product."

"Consumption of these products may pose a choking hazard or other physical injury to the mouth," says the notice of the voluntary recall.

McCain Foods is recalling 2-pound bags of Roundy's Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns from Marianos, Metro Market, and Pick 'n Save supermarkets in Illinois and Wisconsin.

It is also recalling 2-pound bags of Harris Teeter Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns sold in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia and Maryland.

There's not much else to add, folks. Just be careful at your favorite brunch place, whether that's at home or at a breakfast nook.