Monday, June 22, 2009
The promise of chasing balls all day while hoping to snag a birdie has enticed more and more cats to get into the already popular game of golf.
Many cats spent Father’s Day weekend anxiously watching the U.S. Open on NBC with wide eyes, following the little white elusive ball with anticipation and hoping to see some birdies.
“I heard if you were very, very good, you could get a birdie at every hole,” said Dixon, a 7-year-old, neutered, Domestic Short Hair who is new to the game. “I have always been told I am very good, so I am going to try.”
Maggie admits she also likes to chase balls
For cats unfamiliar with the sport, golf is a game in which cats use many types of clubs and attempt to hit small, white balls into holes on a course with the lowest number of strokes possible. It is a game that has wrecked havoc on Humans for years.
“Usually if I want a birdie I go in the backyard and sit and wait. This is great because you get to exercise instead of just sitting around,” said Maggie, a 7-year-old, spayed, Domestic Short Hair from Bellingham.
“Plus, there are sand boxes everywhere in case you gotta go, it's like they designed these golf courses with cats in mind.” Maggie stated enthusiastically.
"I had my doubts at first,” said Blackjack, a 6-year-old, Feral Maine Coon. “But wouldn't you know it, at the 3rd hole I snagged a nice, fat little robin.”
Elmer already has started a fine collection of clubs
Cats also remarked about the abundance of fresh water located at various ‘hazards’ along the way.
“I do agree they (the water holes) should be called hazards, because the water is so fresh and tasty,“ said Elmer, a 14-year-old Domestic Short Hair who has already amassed a fine collection of clubs for playing. “One might be tempted to over drink and end up in the woods napping.”
“The thing about golfing is you can always use the club to get a birdie, if it's close enough...I was in the rough on the par 4, 15th and walloped a huge blue jay, it was tasty,” exclaimed a giddy and bright-eyed ginger-colored kitten named Muncie before speeding off in his cart to the next hole.
Muncie said he ‘walloped a huge blue jay’
For the most part, the cats seem to be sticking to match play or stroke play. Stroke play involves being petted by your partner after missing a shot. Most cats say the avoid playing the skins game for fear of being scalped and sold as prostitutes to the Russian mafia.
One thing is certain, cats are excited and ready to embrace a fantastic and healthy new habit. The game of golf is indeed becoming the Sport of Cats.
Copyright Sharyn Thoma
Photos: Random Pictures of Mayhem
Posted by The Kitty City Gazette at 11:39 AM