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The Big Golf Match

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by okie, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. okie

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    The Pope met with his Cardinals to discuss a proposal from
    Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of Israel. "Your Holiness", said
    one of his Cardinals, Mr. Netanyahu wants to challenge you to a
    game of golf to show the friendship and ecumenical spirit shared
    by the Jewish and Catholic faiths."

    The Pope thought this was a good idea, but he had never held a
    golf club in his hand. "Don't we have a Cardinal to represent
    me?" he asked.

    "None that plays very well," a Cardinal replied. "But," he added,
    "there is a man named Jack Nicklaus, an American golfer who is a
    devout Catholic. We can offer to make him a Cardinal, then ask
    him to play Mr. Netanyahu as your personal representative. In
    addition, to showing our spirit of cooperation, we'll also win
    the match."

    Everyone agreed it was a good idea. The call was made. Of course,
    Nicklaus was honored and agreed to play. The day after the match,
    Nicklaus reported to the Vatican to inform the Pope of the
    result. "I have some good news and some bad news, your Holiness,
    " said the golfer. "Tell me the good news first, Cardinal
    Nicklaus," said the Pope.

    "Well, your Holiness, I don't like to brag, but even though I've
    played some pretty terrific rounds of golf in my life, this was
    the best I have ever played, by far. I must have been inspired
    from above. My drives were long and true, my irons were accurate
    and purposeful, and my putting was perfect. With all due respect,
    my play was truly miraculous.

    "There's bad news?", the Pope asked.

    "Yes," Nicklaus sighed. "I lost to Rabbi Tiger Woods by three
    strokes."