Why couple got married on 9th hole

Sandy and Keith Lemon
Keith Lemon
The ninth hole at the Fostoria Country Club is the one that Keith Lemon struggles with the most, yet that's where he married his wife.
By Andrew Prezioso

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 2:45 p.m.

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On July 14, Keith and Sandy (Hurt) Lemon were married on the ninth hole of the Fostoria Country Club in Fostoria, Ohio. It was a simple wedding, attended by immediate family and followed by a reception at the local Bob Evans.

So what made the happy couple choose the ninth hole as the spot where they wanted to get married? It's the hole where Keith has had all sorts of trouble.

The idea spawned from a round at the course before the wedding.

"We decided to play 18 holes and at the same time discuss plans for a simple wedding," Keith said. "We were almost set to have the wedding at a small church in town when I just finished the ninth hole par-3 with a double bogey and Sandy said we should get married at the ninth tee."

His reaction was about what you would expect.

"My reaction was, you have to be kidding, I play better on a par 5," Keith said.

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His bad experiences on the hole weren't enough to sway Keith against the idea.

"We agreed to marry on the ninth because both golf and marriage take work," Keith said.

Three hours after the reception, Keith and Sandy – who met at a meet and greet with high school friends – played 18 holes at Fostoria. So did the wedding help Keith get over the troubles that had plagued him?

"Again, a double bogey on the ninth hole," he said, noting that score was not kept in their post-nuptial round.

Fostoria Country Club has been a special place already for the couple. That's where their second date was four years ago. And they play together every weekend at one of four local courses, including Fostoria.

The course was open during the 10:30 a.m. ceremony, but most of the golfers were on the back nine. The couple had told the manager that they would allow golfers to play through if any showed up in the middle of their 15-minute ceremony.

And what about the honeymoon? Well, that hasn't happened yet, but for good reason. They're going to Akron, Ohio, on Aug. 1 and 2 for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Andrew Prezioso is a contributor for PGA.com. Have a good golf story? Send him an email at andrew.prezioso@turner.com.