CANADA – Some agile reflexes, a love of the game, and an extensive knowledge of the course. And she can’t really give you any back-talk if you bungle your shot.
She might just be the perfect caddy. Her name is Hello Kitty.
The grey-and-white tabby has managed to become a permanent resident of Bent Stick Golf Course in New Sarepta, southeast of Edmonton.
She’s a stray with a keen sense of the game. She follows golfers all around the country course for an entire round.
When she’s not basking in the soft, warm grass of the greens, she’s watching players as they swing and putt, even hitching a ride in the cart.
“If you were going too slow on the cart, she didn’t like that, she’d get out and run. She knows the course,” said Don Lucas, a regular player at the course.
“Even the guys who have the pull carts, the cat will jump on the pull cart and ride the clubs. She likes golfing with everybody.”
The Purrfect Companion
Lucas explains he was lining up his first tee of the day on a chilly afternoon a few weeks ago when he had his first encounter with Hello Kitty. She hopped into his moving cart, perching right there beside him on the seat.
“While I’m driving, this cat jumps onto the golf cart. It’s a pretty agile little pussycat,” Lucas stated in an interview on CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM Tuesday.
“I get up to the first tee and I get off and I’m pulling my drivers out and she gets off too,” Lucas stated.
“And I’m thinking, ‘Boy, I hope she doesn’t try to get too close when I’m swinging the clubs because they’re pretty dangerous when you start swinging that thing around.’
“But the cat is hip to that. She’s wandering around. She gives you like 20 feet of distance.”
When Lucas threw his clubs back into the cart and jumped behind the wheel, the cat immediately followed suit.
“It liked the greens. When you get on the green, it lays down.
“Otherwise, it’s following you or on the cart. Sometimes, it jumps on the fender and I thought it was going to fall off, but it never fell off … and we’re bouncing along, I mean it’s a country course.”
Lucas went on to say that the stray feline, which appeared at the course three months ago, is the perfect golfing companion and could bring any player back from a bad round.
“She gets off every time and watches you shoot and then gets back on,” Lucas noted.
“She’s really good because she never criticizes, she lets you score whatever you want, and she’s not giving you lousy advice. She’s just supportive”.
One Grand Slam Stray
However, like any seasoned golfer knows only too well, winter is coming. And as the greens turn frosty, Lucas wants to make sure Hello Kitty will also enjoy the off-season.
He’s working with Cathy Marfleet, who is a staff member at the club, to find the stray feline winter accommodations. Hello Kitty is currently spending her nights inside the clubhouse, and Lucas will be bringing her to his shop for the winter.
Both do agree, Hello Kitty will surely be returning to the course in the spring as soon as the snow melts and the golfers return to the fairways.
For now,, this furry caddy’s services are still available upon request.
All you have to do is knock on the door of the clubhouse if you want to bring her along for your game.
Lucas highly recommends it.
“I like this cat. She’s the perfect catty.”