For good reason, many golf courses in Florida warn players to steer clear of alligators that may be lurking in the midst. As luck would have it though, a player hitting the links in Bonita Springs this past weekend owes a bit of gratitude to one particular razor-toothed reptile there, after it snatched a ball that was headed into the water in mid-air and spared her from a hazard penalty.
During a couples tournament at the Bonita National Golf Club on Saturday, Joanne Sadowsky went to tee off at the second hole, when she shanked the ball to the right, sending it almost certainly into one of the course's lakes. But in a surreal moment reminiscent of that Happy Gilmore scene, the ball headed directly toward an alligator lurking on the edge of the water, and it caught the light pink ball in mid-air, according to the Naples Daily News. She may have technically lost the ball, but because it was an outside interference, she didn't get penalized for whacking her shot into the water.