Teeing Off With ... Marc Boerigter

ERIC FRANCIS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

Football players aren't supposed to be scared of anything.

So you can imagine just how terrifying a scene it must have been to prompt a 6-ft.-3, 230-lb. Stampeders receiver to bury his head and scurry down the fairway in his power cart.

His fear: Possible confrontation with an angry resident.

As the first to admit he's a little unpredictable off the tee, Marc Boerigter drove that point home in the most literal of senses when he pounded a ball into the roof of a house roughly 275 yards away.

After listening carefully to ensure no windows had been broken, the 29-year-old Iowa native agreed with the rest of the shaken foursome that it might be better just to skip the hole ... in rapid fashion.

"I've hit many houses," admits Boerigter in the clubhouse of the never-to-be-named golf course.

"It's inevitable: A man-made object in the way of me hitting the ball ... at some point it's probably going to get hit. That's how I look at it. I definitely say that with more shame than pride. I've not broken any windows ... that I'm aware of."

Without entering the debate on whether people who live alongside fairways deserve pity for being bombarded daily, Boerigter spent the final few holes of his round shaking his head at his uncanny ability to, well, introduce himself to local fans.

"Consistently inconsistent," is how the 18-handicap describes his game on a day when he finished with a disappointing 110.

"When I was a lot younger, I used to be pretty good until I started playing baseball in high school. That screwed up my swing. I haven't played enough over the past two years to get it right."

One of a handful of Stamps who spend the majority of the club's off-days hitting the links as two groups of four, the big-hitting Boerigter finds it hard to improve his game with just a dozen rounds a year under his belt. Four years in Kansas City with the NFL's Chiefs and a year outside of pro football did little to increase his tee-time frequency. Neither did knee surgery that ended his football season in 2004.

"It's more of a pastime than a passion," explains the popular Stamps slotback, whose irons contradict his driver by going straight.

"It might become a passion when I'm finished playing football. For now, it's more a relaxation thing for me and a chance to have fun."

Taking pride more in his perfectly matching golf attire than his swing, the married father of a young girl, Macie, sees golf as the perfect way to fraternize with his pals and talk sports. Still, the generally sure-handed Stamps slotback is not one to simply shrug off a wayward chip or a three- (or four-) putt.

"I get frustrated because I'm competitive, but I'm better off when I don't care," said Boerigter. "That's when I end up hitting the ball better."

Asked what he thought the funniest thing he's ever seen on a golf course was, the man who starred in Calgary's Grey Cup win in 2001 doesn't hesitate.

"Probably me hitting that house and leaving the scene," he smiled.

Not so for the foursome's other duo, which drove too close to the house and bore the brunt of the homeowner's rant, which she admittedly dispenses almost daily.

"Tell him he's a terrible golfer," she shouted from the balcony of her home.

Consider it done.

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MARC BOERIGTER

Age: 29

Handicap: 18

Best round: 80

Avg. rounds a year: 12

Years played: 22

Golf highlight: Eagled a par 4.

Favourite course: The National in Kansas City

In his bag: Cleveland irons, Taylor Made 580 driver.

Known for: His slice off the tee and fleeing the scene of houses he's hit.


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