"Fore!" is shouted as a warning during a golf game when it appears possible that a golf ball may hit other players or spectators. The mention of the term in an 1881 British Golf Museum indicates that the term was in use at least as early as that period. The term means "look ahead", and it is believed to come from the military "beware before", which an artilleryman about to fire would yell alerting nearby infantrymen to drop to the ground to avoid the shells overhead.
Other possible origins include the term being derived from the term "fore-caddy", a caddy waiting down range from the golfer to find where the ball lands. These caddies were often warned about oncoming golf balls by a shout of the term "fore-caddy" which was eventually shortened to just "fore!".
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Whatever the origin of "fore" is, at least I didn't encounter it during a recent golf event that I attended.
My neighbor Jeff invited me to attend a golf event that he organized for Rogan & Associates. The charity that Mike & Jennifer Rogan chose to sponsor was Southeastern Guide Dogs, and Jeff thought that it would be great for me to be the official mascot of the event. I never turn down an opportunity to be the star of the show!
|Jennifer & me|
|Mike & me|
Dad & Mom made sure that we arrived at the Bayou Club early so that I could greet the golfers during the registration time. Walking past the golf carts all lined up freaked me out a little bit, but then I saw Jeff and forgot all about them. Next to Scott, the UPS Driver, Jeff is my most favorite person (outside the family that is). It didn't take long for people to start coming over to say hi to me.
|My neighbor Catherine (left)|
|I really liked Carter, and I think he really liked me!|
After the golfers started the round I hopped in a golf cart, well, was coerced into a golf cart and headed over to the 5th hole where Mike Rogan was hosting a closest to the pin contest. As you can see, the rules were very simple...
After awhile we got back in the golf cart (it was a little easier this time) and drove around the course cheering on the players along the way.
|This isn't so bad after all...|
|The geese hopped back in the pond as soon as they saw me|
|My friend Carter practicing his putting|
Back at the 5th hole I kept checking out the Rolls Royce that was the prize for closest to the pin. It was actually a chauffered weekend in the Rolls, but that would've been good enough for me. By the way, I hope you notice that I'm doing a very good "Sit/Stay".
|Isn't someone going to open the door and let me in?|
After the round was over everyone met back at the clubhouse for lunch, announcement of the tournament winners, a raffle, the silent auction and a formal introduction to me. What a great way to end a fun day!