The Benefit of the Doubt
Andra, one of the old
school, had been employed as a caddie for a full month by a
distinguished visitor to the Fife coast. Anxious to improve his
game during his stay, the visitor had announced that if and when he
'broke' 100, Andra was to have a bottle of whisky to mark the occasion.
Despite the player's
efforts and all that Andra could do by way of advice and encouragement,
the final round on the final day had arrived with the 100 still
unbroken. Play proceeded in a tense atmosphere until, standing on
the 18th tee, a moderate 5 was all that was required to achieve the
elusive 99 - and the equally elusive bottle.
To Andra's dismay
however, the over-anxious player was short of the green in 3. The
critical moment had come; but it was too much for the nervous visitor,
and his 98th stroke finished 15 yards beyond the hole.
But Andra was equal to
the occasion. Rushing forward to pick up the ball he shouted
excitedly "Weill don, Sir! Ye've dune it. Oniebody wad gie
ye that yin."
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