Golf: Saving Tommy Turtle

Tommy the Turtle in trouble!

Golfers in the MCC Men's Open over the weekend might have seen an unusual sight on the pond at hole 11. There was an 8 inch terrapin wedged in a 6 inch overflow pipe in the corner of the pond.

Poor guy was still there Sunday after Saturday's late afternoon downpour and was no doubt beginning to roast when the sun came out Sunday. Soft hearted animal lover that I am [no possums please], I convinced Beau Woods to help me rescue the poor creature after I decided he was still alive.

Woods and I were well armed to effect the rescue when we ran into Darrian Rottmann and son Gabe. We had told them earlier to check out the pond at 11 and when Rottman saw all of our utensils he laughed and told us "he's out, the turtle is free"! Rottmann took a look at the sight and decided he didn't need any tools.

Off came the shoes and in went Rottmann. "I had to rock him a little to get him loose, but he's out and OK." Gabe, your daddy ain't no Ninja Turtle, but he's a hero in my eyes.

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