College golfer finishes round thanks to phone lights

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Having your cell phone out while watching a golf tournament live is generally frowned upon by players and tournament organizers. But it was quite the opposite on Saturday at the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University.

A threesome of college golfers, including UC Davis' Ben Corfee, were in a race to finish and came to the 18th green as darkness fell.

While two of the golfers decided to come back Sunday morning, Corfee went ahead and finished his round with the help of those watching illuminating the green via cell phone flashlights, providing the senior with just enough light to drain the 10-footer and providing the golf world with one of the coolest photos of the year.

“Ben was the closest and he decided to putt out, and at that point everyone around the green started getting their flashlights opened on their cell phones and came around to create light for him to be able to see,” UC Davis head coach Cy Williams said in an email to Golfweek. “It was a combination of teammates, volunteers, fellow competitors, etc., all spontaneous.”

The putt capped off a disappointing 77, but like us, there's a good chance Corfee won't lead with that part of the story when telling it in the future.