I have never turned a double play for the Portland Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field, like second baseman Dustin Pedroia has done many times.

Nor have I struck out a batter such as Josh Beckett has done routinely as a 'Dogs pitcher.

Lastly, I have never crushed a 400-foot grand slam over center field like Rafael Devers has done.

But, on Saturday, Aug. 8, myself and friend, Heath Commeau, did something these Sea Dogs' hall-of-famers have never done; namely, we played golf at Hadlock Field!

What, you ask? That is correct. We teed it up at Hadlock Field, home of the Boston Red Sox Double “A” affiliate Portland Sea Dogs.

Instead of striking out or hitting into a double play we hit golf balls into left, center, and right fields. We masked up and displayed our golf prowess — or lack there of, in my case — by hitting anything from a 7-iron to a pitching wedge onto the field below.

Hadlock Field was set up as a par-3 course with nine holes scattered around the park. The holes ranged 104 and 134 yards in length. Paint was used to outline different greens throughout the outfield with a five-yard circle in the center of the green.

Plywood platforms with artificial turf were strategically placed around the hall-of-famers skyboxes. We were able to tee up the ball and hit it down onto the greens that were laid out on the field below.

If you got the ball within the white part of the green you were awarded a par. If the ball strayed outside the white paint you got a bogey. If your ball ended up within the five-yard circle on the green you achieved a birdie. And, if you were lucky enough to get a hole-in-one it was an eagle — and you bought drinks for everyone at the park.

The course was 1,133 yards and par was 27.

With lunch on the line (me and my big mouth) we teed it up. We both bogeyed the first hole, a 120-yarder in left field. The same thing happened at the second hole, a 131-yarder in center field. Heath felt his oats at three and four scoring birdies on the 138-yarder in center and the 111-yarder just over shortstop.

I was not so lucky and took bogies on both of those holes. Number 5 was a short 104-yarder and we both had a par. Holes six and seven both similar par 3s in center field at 137 and 131 yards, respectively, were more kind to Heath with pars, than myself with bogies. On hole number eight, a 116-yarder just left of second base we ended with our last pars.

Finally, my fate was sealed on the last and longest hole, a par 3 in left field measuring 145 yards. We took bogey.

The honors went to Heath, who won and shot 1-over 28 to my 33.

In conclusion, while we were moving from one hole to another there were masked golf attendants on each hole. I was sporting my green, “Golf the Goose” tee-shirt. One of the attendants asked me if I played at Goose River. I said yes. He told me he used to live in the area. I asked him where he went to school. He told me Camden-Rockport High School. I asked him what year he graduated. He told me 1973 (which is the same year that I graduated from Camden-Rockport). It turns out he was a classmate — Dan Hart — who I have not seen in 47 years.

We caught up and shared a few photos after my round; then it was off to $3 Dewey’s to pay off a lunch debt.

This event will be held again in September. If you are interested, check out this link, https://groupmatics.events/group/Hadlinksevent24.

Dan Benson lives in Rockland with his wife, Gloria. When he is not with his grandson, Jax Monson, one will find him at "The Goose," playing with the 1 p.m. groups. Benson is planning a trip to South Africa to play the longest par-3 golf hole in the world. Heath Commeau lives in Rockland, is married to B.J. McWilliams Commeau and has a 10-year-old son, Quinn.

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