What had been the percentages that when one of many many golf balls in Canada was discovered, not solely was it over 100 years outdated, however it had connections to some of the profitable Canadian golfers in historical past?
Whereas Ted and Marion Outerbridge had been renovating the eating room of their home in Smith Falls, Canada, the hometown of 10-time LPGA winner Brooke Henderson, they found an historic golf ball inside the canvas of the wall. And after their discovering, Ted did some investigating concerning the ball.
“At first I wasn’t even certain what it was however I used to be in a position to monitor it down,” he mentioned to CTV Information Ottawa. “It has markings on it that say ‘Why Not’, so I googled Why Not golf ball and I found that it was made in 1918 in London, England, so it is a actually outdated golf ball.”
However as soon as they came upon the ball’s origins, a brand new query emerged. How did this ball discover its means over 3,000 miles throughout the Atlantic? Ted stored digging and bought nearer to his reply.
“I found throughout the road from us there was a golf course in 1899 referred to as the Poonamalie Golf Course,” he mentioned. “It operated till about 1930. So this golf ball was being performed on the Poonamalie Golf Course.”
And when the Outerbridge’s made a startling revelation about who as soon as lived of their residence, all the things got here full circle. Nevertheless, how the ball bought inside the home’s confines nonetheless stays a thriller.
“For over 50 years, Clem and Beverly Henderson lived on this home and they’re the grandparents of Brooke and Brittany Henderson (Brittany is Brooke’s caddie),” Ted mentioned.
Brooke, the tenth ranked participant on the planet, was excited to listen to concerning the discovery that got here in the identical room the place she had many household meals rising up.
“What a fantastic discover! My sister and I had so many lovely reminiscences visiting my grandparent’s residence,” she mentioned in an announcement. “We’d have huge household dinners within the eating room, and I nonetheless bear in mind the unique distinctive hearth in the lounge. It was such a particular place for me and my household.”
The Outerbridge’s hope that this discovering will someday convey the Henderson’s again to their roots, which helped mould Brooke into a significant champion (2016 KPMG Ladies’s PGA).
“I am hoping that Brooke and Brittany Henderson will be capable to go to someday and they need to maintain this ball,” Ted mentioned. “We’ll see what occurs.”