LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – New York Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon said he lost a bunch of golf balls playing for the first time in a PGA Tour pro-am Thursday in the first round of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.
“I probably lost a dozen balls, easy,” Damon said. “Fortunately, we brought enough balls that I didn’t run out.”
Eight days after helping the Yankees win the World Series, Damon enjoyed shouts of congratulations as he made his way around Disney World’s Palms Course in his pairing with Heath Slocum.
“When you win, fans come out of the woodwork,” Damon said.
Damon said he’s a 14-handicap, but he felt like a 25-handicap entering the event after not playing golf during the baseball season.
“I play golf righty, but I swing left-handed in baseball,” Damon said. “I knew I would need some time to adjust. I tried to turn in a 25-handicap, but they wouldn’t go for it.”
Damon said he played poorly Thursday, but with his handicap he and Slocum teamed to post a net 4-under 68 on the Palms Course. Slocum shot 69. After his round, Damon signed autographs, including two for Slocum.