LOOKING FOR SOME ACTION? Golf is as much about keeping score as it is about characters and relationships. Caddyshack, for example, was immensely successful thanks to its exploitation of the characters that make up the recreational game. Anyone that has been around golf for any length of time has seen or played with an Al Czervik, Ty Webb or Judge Smails!
A new golf movie is coming that helps to remind us what the game was like not so long ago. THE SQUEEZE, directed and written by Terry Jastrow, stars Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights, Peter Pan), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore, Requiem for a Dream, Thelma and Louise), Katherine LaNasa (The Campaign, Alfie), Jillian Murray (Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown), Michael Nouri (Flashdance), and Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars).
The plot is about a notorious gambler who discovers a modest young man living in a small rural town that possesses superior golf skills. Seeing his potential, the gambler convinces him to abandon his dreams of winning the US Open and start playing in some high stakes matches that provides him with some fast cash. The stakes grow higher and higher until the game becomes “life or death.” The story is based on actual events. It turns out Terry Jastrow and his wife, Anne Archer, had dinner with Kevin Flatt and his wife, Chris, in Las Vegas. Flatt told his story of how he went from being an unknown golf pro to playing in money matches. Back in the “good old days” it wasn’t uncommon for big money games to happen. The lower the profile of the player the greater the opportunities. For example, there is a famous story about how Raymond Floyd first met Lee Trevino! “I went down to El Paso to play Lee,” Floyd recalled. “He was the club pro, the cart attendant, the bag guy. He was it! I was asked would I go down and play this guy down in Texas for some money. I said what’s his name and they said Lee Trevino. I said I’d pay somebody I never heard of. It took three days and I shot 66 and 65 and lost. Then I shot 63 and won and the end of that story to make it short is that’s the first time I ever spoke Spanish. I said adios!” Keep in mind this was long before weekly PGA TOUR purses featured multi-million dollars or winners pocketed seven figures!