We Made A Big Splash!

This little story fits nicely with the “10% Chance of Rain” post I had on the blog earlier today. It’s about rain and golf, two things that do not mix well.

Sherry normally did not ride along with me when I played golf out at Spicewood Beach. It was pretty much a guy thing, it was hot outside, and she was content to stay in the air conditioned house most days. For whatever reason, she decided to accompany me one hot summer afternoon. I don’t recall the forecast for that particular day, but it decided to rain.

It was just me, Sherry, and my pal, Jaybird, and we’d barely gotten started when clouds seemed to appear out of nowhere, and a spit of rain started to intermittently come down. Short thunderstorms are not uncommon in the Texas hill country during the summer, so we paid no heed, and figured even if it rained, it wouldn’t last long. Wrong again.

We pulled up to the second tee-box—the only one on the course that has a small canopy—and as we arrived, it started to rain pretty hard. We were under the canopy though, so we figured to just wait it out then continue our game. Not to be.

The wind picked up, and pretty soon the rain was coming down in torrents, as well as sideways. We were getting soaked, and it didn’t look like the rain was going to stop any time soon. We decided to make a run for it; a good plan that proved to have some drawbacks.

Jay bird yelled that he was going to get out of there and go over to Dave’s house—across the street and down just a bit from where we were enjoying the summer shower—and away he went, traveling down the fairway. Water was rooster-tailing from his tires as he sped away.

I asked Sherry if she wanted to make a run for it—up the hill to our house—and she said we couldn’t get any wetter, so we might as well try it. I wheeled the golf cart out onto the road that runs alongside the course then turns to go up the hill, and we took off.

The windshield on the cart was folded down—it was made that way so you could get a breeze in the summer—and in retrospect, I should have put it in the up position before we made our run for the house. A day late and dollar short.

The rain was blasting us right in the face, and we were laughing and spitting water as we raced down the road. About twenty feet down the road, a virtual river was racing across the pavement; I didn’t even slow down, and when we hit the flowing water, we made a big splash!

The front of the cart threw up a wall of water, and the design of the cart directed it right into our faces. Sherry sputtered then screamed, and I started laughing. We were totally drenched now; we couldn’t have been any wetter if we’d been in the lake.

We got finally made it to the house, and after a warm shower, we sat around and giggled about the big splash. Things like that are always funny when they’re over. Ah, shoot… that one was pretty funny from start to finish!


  1. Sherry Mashburn said

    That is a WONDERFUL memory . . . it was a great day!

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