STILLWATER, MN -- At Stoneridge Golf Club in Stillwater, the staff encourages four hour rounds. On Tuesday, the pro attempted to break the world record for the fastest round of golf by one player, playing the entire course in less than 27 minutes, 9 seconds.
"Fast golf, ya know. Everyone talks about slow play," said course pro Eddie Wynne. "If you can play it fast, I can tell everyone that I played 18 holes in 26 minutes. How about you?"
The average hole for a foursome takes about 15 minutes, and Eddie hoped to play 18 holes in 26 minutes.
"I love to compete. If I was racing my mother I'd trip her to win, you know what I'm saying?" joked Eddie.
Dozens of volunteers helped Eddie find balls, drive carts and give Eddie clubs.
The ball did have to come to a complete stop before the next stroke. Using a cart was allowed, and Eddie found a Gem E2. This speedster can top out around 30 mph.
In the first attempt, Eddie finished at 28 minutes and 44 seconds. It was a great effort that included an eagle on a par 4. That particular eagle hole was 51 seconds long, perhaps a record in itself.
After a 30 minute break, Eddie tried again.
Through 12 holes, Eddie was on pace to break the record by 20 seconds. Then, disaster. The Gem E2 ran out of juice.
After switching carts, the pace slowed and the spotters couldn't locate Eddie's ball on the 17th.
It was an incredible effort but no world record on this day. Eddie plans to try again later this summer.
by David Watkins