As part of Red Bull Off Course ahead of the Masters tournament in Georgia, Rickie Fowler and some friends had a memorable golf session in the middle of Lake Olmstead to kick off the week in Augusta. Along with 17-year old Lexi Thompson, the youngest LPGA tournament champion ever, and current U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft, they played the first-ever golf version of the popular skee ball game.
A pontoon boat took the trio onto Lake Olmstead, a half mile from Augusta National, where a tee box was constructed as their launching pad. They then took aim with 150+ yard shots onto an oversized skee ball target set up on the picturesque lakeside shore.
With an inclined skee ramp and plenty of ricochets to contend with, each player took 18 shots over multiple rounds, with holes ranging in value from 100 to 1,000 points. Taking advice from Fowler, Kraft selected a 5-iron midway through his second round and hit the shot of the day, a 1,000-point laser that sliced through the air to give him the lead.
Lexi Thompson battled back by consistently firing balls into the skee targets, and a draw was called after two sudden-death playoffs couldn’t decide the winner.
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