Jean van de Velde claims National Mulligan Day poll win
French golfer’s 18th hole triple bogey at 1999 British Open wins online contest between famous sporting mishaps
INNISBROOK, FL, October 13, 2009 – Ten years after the carnage at Carnoustie, Jean van de Velde has come out on top.
Although slight consolation for missing out on the 1999 British Open Championship, the Frenchman has claimed top spot in an online poll about famous sporting mishaps. The tongue-in-cheek contest was created by Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club to celebrate National Mulligan Day on October 17, a zany holiday that honors the unofficial but regular practice of golfers hitting two shots but counting only one.
Van de Velde’s triple bogey on the 18th hole won with 33 percent of the vote, closely beating out Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman’s foul ball catch in the 2003 National League Championship Series, and French Superstar Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt in the 2006 World Cup Soccer Final. The results of the entire poll are available at www.sportsmulligans.com.
Innisbrook, which is managed by Salamander Hospitality, is offering its guests their very own mulligan this weekend. On October 17, anyone playing one of the resort’s four golf courses – including the PGA TOUR Copperhead Course – will get to play the same course again for free. Throughout the day, Innisbrook will also offer various specials like two-for-one “Mulligan-tinis” at its bars, as well as other offers at its spa, retail outlets, driving range and tennis courts.
Overnight rates at the recently renovated resort begin at $129, and include a suite accommodation and a round of golf. The rates are valid on October 16 and 17, but all “do-overs” are valid for on October 17 only. Rates are based on double occupancy, do not include taxes and are subject to availability. To book, visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com or call (727) 942-2000.
About Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club
Situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills and 70 acres of lakes in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club is located just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport. Recently and completely renovated, Innisbrook features 72 holes of championship golf, 608 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the new full-service Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 65,000 square feet of meeting space. Innisbrook is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and Preferred Golf Club programs. For additional information call (727) 942-2000 or visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com.
About Salamander Hospitality
Salamander Hospitality is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company manages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio includes the recently renovated Innisbrook Golf Resort and Club near Tampa, Fla., host to a PGA TOUR stop every March; Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC, which is one of only four properties in North America to hold Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both accommodations and dining; and the under-construction Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg. Salamander Hospitality also operates a division of gourmet prepared food markets called Market Salamander with locations in Middleburg and Innisbrook, FL. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit www.salamanderhospitality.com.