I would say the encounter with the snake set Aaron back two or three holes and allowed me to stretch my lead.
A similar situation took place a day later at Gulf Shores Country Club. This time, the creature was a bit bigger with much larger teeth - only this time I encouraged him to get bit closer for a photo. Little did I think he would do it.
Again, my hope was to gain an edge in our game.I think it worked.
As he gradually built up enough courage to step well clear of the cart and approach the small gator for a closer look, it lunged forward into the water. Aaron was not nearly as shaken this time, but still a bit on edge.
His next shot screamed well into a hazard … a costly penalty in a close match. The plan seemed to work again. The advantage was short-lived, but did allow me to gain a stroke or two back.
Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods we are not. When you are not very good at golf, it is sometimes the other experiences that make the time and money spent worth it. The memory of Aaron racing away from the two reptiles was well worth the price of admission.
I am sure I will remember that much longer than a drive I hit or a save from a green side bunker.
Bryan Helvie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 934-4343 ext. 112.