The player was driving, then climbed a tree

Ryan Werre on Thursday in a tree on hole 18 at Highwood Golf Club.

Ryan Weary climbed up a 40-foot or so pine tree, advanced toward the summit and shook it with all his might. Then someone shouted what he wanted to hear, and Werre looked down.

The man said: Here it is.

Another said, “Here you are.”

But no, it wasn’t his golf ball.

Another man said, “That was a pinecone.”

“Oh, was that a pinecone?” said the first man.

Soon, Wiry made his way down the tree on the right side of hole number 18 at Highwood Golf Club in High River, Alberta, and one of the most bizarre finishes in championship golf continued. As first reported by Alberta Golf, Weiry was leading the Alberta Men’s Amateur Intermediate Championships Thursday with two bullets when he hit his shirt right on the last hole of his last round, then crashed…somewhere.

“It was a hiccup,” eventual winner Jesse Galvon told Alberta Golf. “It was a very enjoyable last hole.”

That’s what it was. It began when Werre hit his second shot at par-4 18, ironed out from about 200 yards. His ball went straight toward the tree, he and the others thought it had swallowed the ball, and Werre started climbing. region? He was going to take a non-playable penalty with the ball, but he was trying to expand his relief options: if he could select it, he could relieve lateral under Rule 19.2c, or relief off on the line, under Rule 19.2b; If he cannot locate his ball, he will have to make the choice of penalty and distance mitigation, under Rule 19.2.

As for the rules allotted three minutes, Wei looked up, climbed, and shook. Nothing, though an honor for the effort, he would have earned.

From there, Wery made it to the penalty area, signed for a nine ghost five and tied for fourth, while Galvon scored four goals and overcame a deficit with two shots on the last hole.

“The craziest finish I’ve ever seen in person,” Galvon told Alberta Golf. “I don’t know if there is a crazier ending that people know of.”

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Nick Piastovsky is a senior editor at and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native will probably play the game, hitting the ball left, right and short, and drinking a cold beer to wash down his score. You can reach him about any of these topics – his stories, his game, or his beer – at [email protected]

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