It’s fairly common for a golfer to quit a round in rage. It’s less common, however, for someone to get so pissed off before a round that he quits without ever striking a shot.
That, however, is exactly what happened some 20 years ago when Jeffrey Dahmer was set to play at Boca Pointe Country Club in Boca Raton.
Now, before continuing on I need to clarify that I’m not talking about that Jeffrey Dahmer. This Jeffrey Dahmer, to the best of my knowledge, is a law-abiding fellow who lived the first portion of his life with an ordinary name. Then one day that Jeffrey Dahmer made the news and this Jeffrey Dahmer was left with two choices: either endure musings like these for decades to come or change his name. He decided to endure musings like these.
Waiting for the group ahead on the first fairway to clear that day at Boca Pointe, Dahmer walked over to the adjacent lake to look at the fish. Standing at nearly a 90 degree angle to his friend and playing partner, Tom, he felt safely out of the firing line. He was wrong.
As Dahmer continue to peer at the lake, the group ahead finished their approaches and Tom took to the tee. What he produced was the rarest of shots – a shanked driver, which soared directly right, and into back of Dahmer’s neck, making impact at the tip of his vertebrae.
Blood shot forth immediately, and the unexpected yet intense pain set off Dahmer’s temper. He walked slowly and menacingly toward the much smaller Tom, who ducked behind their golf cart and begged for mercy. Good sense prevailed over rage, and Dahmer backed down. But a few minutes later, when Tom asked Dahmer if he planned to hit his opening tee shot, the retort was decisive.
“No!” he said. “No one in the world should have to play with you! I’ve never played with anyone worse than you!”
Rumor has it that Dahmer’s neck recovered faster than Tom’s ego.