Heather Spidell came to the Glen Arbour Golf Course in Hammonds Plains on Monday hoping to wind up in the vicinity of a movie star.
Well, she did that and then some.
The Halifax woman was standing on the ninth green during the morning pro-am for the TELUS World Skins Game when the approach shot from Hollywood actor and director Kevin Costner bounced in front of her and struck her in the upper leg.
Costner headed her way a short time later, looking for his ball, and to make sure she wasn’t hurt.
“I’d said I’m OK, but I can use a hug,” she gushed afterwards in telling her encounter with Costner. “And then he came across and offered to take photos with my sister-in-law, Georgina, and I.
“I told him he could hit me anytime,” she added. “He was very nice. It was nice.”
The hole was a tough one for Costner, who almost hit it out of bounds twice.
“It wasn’t so embarrassing, it was sad,” he said of the ninth hole. “I hit this gal, and she wants a date. It’s like that’s not golf, c’mon.”
Costner was an attraction for many who attended Monday’s pro-am, which also included Canadian singer Tom Cochrane and the five PGA tour players competing in the Skins game itself – Paul Casey Stephen Ames, Carl Pettersson, Lucas Glover and Jhonattan Vegas.
“I play for charity, that’s it. I don’t play for fun or anything else. If I’m going to play for fun, I’m going to play barefoot.” - Kevin Costner
Costner is also the lead-singer of the band Kevin Costner and Modern West and will be performing an acoustic show, along with Cochrane, during a private function hosted by Telus on Monday night.
“They’re always beautiful, they’re just really ugly to play,” Costner said of the holes at Glen Arbour. “The courses themselves are always wonderful. You look up and it’s really pastoral and then you just feel like you’re mad all day long.”
“I played six or seven really good holes, then I played the other two which makes you want to give up the game.”
Health Minister Dave Wilson and HRM mayoralty candidate Mike Savage were amongst the four other players in his group. Costner was clearly the best player, while Wilson and Savage struggled to find their form.
“They were fine. Everyone was here in the name of charity. Everybody was trying to make putts they know they can’t make, and shots they know they can’t make. But I guess that’s the game, right,” Cosnter said.