July 17, 2007

NIBLICK, MASHIE NIBLICK (via Jim Siegel):

Friend Siegel sends a link to a Today Show feature about the guy for whom the Mulligan is named. Now we eagerly await a profile of the fella who gave us the Flying Shapiro.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 17, 2007 7:15 AM
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Mulligan is from W. Orange, the same town where I grew up and where OJ moved when he was about 12.

I'd be curious if any of you Juddites have heard another golf term: the Cranston. I have a friend in California who is a terrible golfer. He used to play once a year in a tournament with some of his law school friends. To keep him somewhat competitive, he was given a handicap of 40 and the most strokes he could take on any hole was double par. In that group, double par became known as a "Cranston." (And if you made a double par under the rules of golf, rather than by picking up, that was called a "Natural Cranston.") Anyway, one of the guys from this group moved from LA to Texas, and when he returned for the tournament the next year, he reported that he was playing with 2 strangers on a muni course near Austin, and when one of the guys made a 6 on a par 3, he told his partner that he had made a Cranston. The strangers were amazed to find out that this guy knew the actual Cranston, but they didn't know where they had first heard the term...just that they had been using it for awhile.

So, please let me know if you've heard of the Cranston, and if not, please feel free to start using it.

Posted by: Foos at July 17, 2007 9:04 AM

An American golfer playing the Old Course for the first time is nervous to be teeing off in front of the R&A building and the usual assortment of on-lookers, and he hits a dribbler off the first tee. Embarrassedly, he quickly pulls another ball from his pocket, tees it up and stripes it about 250 yards down the middle. As he's walking down the fairway, he says to his Scottish caddie, "in the States we call that a 'Mulligan.' Do you have a name for it here?"

"Aye," replied the caddie. "Laying 3."

Posted by: Foos at July 17, 2007 9:09 AM

Foos,
I've never heard of the "Cranston" or even OJ's "flying Shapiro". I lived and golfed in the Reno, NV area (just over the border from CA) and also played several courses in Northern California from the late 70's until 1995, but the term is unfamiliar. I moved to Seattle 12 years ago and haven't heard the term up here either.

Posted by: Patrick H at July 17, 2007 10:26 AM
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