Fair warning: This is not an April Fool’s Day item.
Late yesterday, a message on the website of Florida-based Eckerd College read: “Due to circumstances beyond the team’s control, the men’s golf program has withdrawn from the Buccaneer Invitational Presented by Carrabba’s Italian Grill.” How can that be, you ask? How could any team no-show for such a prestigious event on the Sunshine State Division II Collegiate Golf Calendar? The website provided no details, perhaps out of embarrassment, as truth was, the team van was burglarized while the boys and their coach ate dinner at a restaurant on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach two nights before the event. Everything was taken—not just their clubs, but their luggage, phones, computers. Everything. Rather than find replacement sticks, the fighting Tritons bagged the BIPCIG and pointed the van back to St. Petersburg.