Seems the guys on a college golf team got themselves into the rough over the last couple of days by shooting a naked team photo. The gang lined up on a hillside and made what has evidently been deemed a provocative picture, wearing only their irons and woods.
Quoting from news reports: “It was only intended as a bit of fun with the lads,” said senior team member Jack Hiscock who is from England. “We all have our shirts off, our shorts to ankles and we are holding golf clubs in front covering up our um, male parts,” said Mr. Hiscock.
According to reports filed, the coach’s reaction was dismay. “My stomach dropped and I thought this can’t be good,” said Bethany College Head Golf Coach and Athletic Director Jon Daniels.
Even though no athletic department regulations were violated, the lads have been suspended for three tournaments, which they feel, understandably, is a bit over the top. “The whole team is frustrated. We think the punishment is a bit harsh–not fair,” Hiscock said.
The golfers claim to have found pictorial inspiration in a photo done some time ago of the UCLA men’s golf team.
Uh, sorry guys.
I shot this for Golf Digest during the course of doing a story about the physique’s of young golfers. Inspired at the time by the powerful physicality of golfers like Tiger Woods, the sport was in the process of shedding its’ time honored image of portly duffers tootling around the links on golf carts, knocking back golf shots and beers in equal measure. The “new athletes of golf” as the story was slugged, spend as much time in the gym as they do on the course. They are finely tuned athletes in every regard, as is evidenced below, by another shot I did of the UCLA varsity.
All I can say is that I’m rooting for the guys in the midst of this heartland tempest. There’s all sorts of calendars out there, for instance, raising money for good causes, in which everybody from athletes to octogenarians doff their duds for a lark and a charity. As Bethany team member Norrie Steyn was quoted in the news, “It’s just a fun thing, we all had had a great time doing it.”
The Golf Digest story was certainly fun to do. For instance, I shot this of the formidable Scottish golfer Wallace Booth, bare chested, in a kilt, swinging a club. Not the way he usually attacks a course, but a cool shot nonetheless, and seeing his arms and torso certainly convey the sense that he can drive the ball a fair distance.
Take heart, guys. You may yet be vindicated, or at least remembered. I shot this of the 1996 U.S. men’s Olympic water polo team, and it has since gone on to become one of the better known water polo pictures ever shot. Go figure.