THROWING EGGS FOR A HOLE-IN-ONE
What was probably the world's first egg hole-in-one contest was held on September 27 at the Stonehedge Golf Course in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin (US) as a charity fund-raiser. Each contestant stood 100 yards from a special hole dug in the fairway, and strove valiantly to hurl a fresh egg into the cup.
According to the rules, the winner had to get at least part of both shell and liquid into the hole. A car dealer offered a new Chrysler as the prize, and a local golf coach was the sole judge. The competition was limited to 200 participants.
Here's what happened, as recounted to us in an email from George Bisbee, of Eames Farm, who supplied fresh eggs for the contest ("We had to be careful in case some smart guy might have tried to substitute a hardboiled egg," he said).
Maybe golf clubs around the world will hold similar egg hole-in-one contests to entertain members and visitors on charity fund-raising days. To make it easier for the prize to be won, contestants could be lined up closer to the hole, and have to throw underarm.
When we first heard about the hole-in-one contest rules, we wondered whether anyone could possibly throw an egg 100 yards. Last month we reported that the world record for throwing a fresh egg (to be caught unbroken) was the almost incredible distance of 323ft. 2in. (107yd. 2ft. 2in.), achieved in Jewett, Texas, back in 1978.
Reader Robert Weinert responded: "Was wondering about an egg toss of ... 100 yards. Professional football quarterbacks probably cannot toss a football the length of a playing field. Don't you think there is something amiss? Was the egg hard-boiled? A hard-boiled egg can be fresh. Did they use a sling shot?"
But George Bisbee told us (before the Egg Harbor event), "The owner of the golf course has already attempted a practice round and has come close." Note: the Texan eggs had to be caught intact, but no catchers were required for the Wisconsin eggs, which splattered when they landed.
Anyone thinking of holding an egg hole-in-one contest should realise that, as with orthodox golfing holes-in-one, there's no guarantee there'll be a winner, unless they make it "nearest the pin." But one thing is for certain: the judge, positioned near the hole, will surely end up with egg on his face!
FOOTNOTE: Searching the internet, we found an ideal trophy for an egg hole-in-one world championship. You can see it HERE.