Cellphone light helps college golfer finish in darkness

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UC Davis golfer Ben Corfee was aided by the cell phone lights of teammates, competitors, coaches, and volunteers while trying to finish out his round in near darkness.
By Matt S. Craig

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, September 11, 2016 | 2:25 p.m.

Some golf tournaments don't allow cellphones on their premises. If that were the case during The Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University Golf Club, then we wouldn't have had this dramatic finish.

Hat tip to Golfweek for bringing us the incredible story of Ben Corfee, a golfer from UC Davis who was trying to finish his second round of the day when darkness descended.

“It was getting pretty dark (when the final group was) on the 16th hole and the tournament committee allowed players from all groups to get shuttled in golf carts for the last three holes,” UC Davis head coach Cy Williams told Golfweek in an email, “so the guys were hustling to finish.”

By the time Corfee's group hit their approach shots onto the 18th green, it was far too dark to continue. His playing partners decided to wait until the next day to finish, but Corfee decided he wanted to finish out from 10 feet. With the help of cellphone flashlights from teammates, competitiors, coaches and volunteers, the green was lit with cellphone light.



And he did not disappoint, draining the putt.


The putt is reminiscent of the final putt of regulation from "The Greatest Game Ever Played," which opted for car headlights in lieu of iPhones, the round being played in 1913 and all. While I couldn't find a YouTube clip of that, here's one of my favorite moments involving golfer versus darkness. In this case, golfer won soundly.




Matt S. Craig is a PGA.com intern and a Digital Sports Production student at Ball State University.