Florida Golfer Earns Free Drop after Alligator Jumps Up and Catches Her Ball
“It saved me from a hazard penalty.”
Coming across an alligator on a Florida golf course is hardly an uncommon occurrence. But there’s nothing ordinary about Joanne Sadowsky’s recent brush with a gator at Bonita National Golf & Country Club.
According to the Naples Daily News, Joanne and her husband Len were playing in a local couples tournament at the Bonita Springs course on Saturday when she had a bad tee off on hole two.
“I shanked the ball to the right, and it was heading to the water,” she said. “It was close to the gator’s head. He saw it, jumped up and caught it.”
And that’s how Joanne’s light pink ball ended up in the jaws of the curious crocodilian. But it wasn’t all bad news: the bizarre turn of events earned her a free drop.
“It saved me from a hazard penalty,” she told the Daily News.
Bonita National Golf & Country Club’s close proximity to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has made its 17 lakes quite popular with the sanctuary’s scaly residents. “We’ve seen them with a fish or a turtle in their mouths, but never a golf ball,” Joanna said.
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In the end, the free drop didn’t win the tournament for the Sadowskys.
“We came close but were just out of the money,” Joanne said.
But what they did go home with was a priceless story.