Golfer tees off dressed as TCU frog
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Before TCU and Wisconsin locked up in the Rose Bowl earlier this year, PGA Tour golfers J.J. Henry, who played golf at TCU, and Jerry Kelly, who is from Madison, Wis., made a bet.
The loser had to wear the winning school's mascot costume.
So 10 minutes before Henry was set to tee off with TCU football coach Gary Patterson at the Crowne Plaza Invitational pro-am at Colonial on Wednesday, Kelly walked onto the practice putting green wearing the full SuperFrog costume.
After posing for pictures on the practice green -- including a few without the costume's oversized head to prove it was actually him inside -- Kelly hit a shot on the first tee.
Kelly was a good sport, exchanging high-fives with the kids and flashing the Horned Frog hand sign. Patterson laughed as Kelly walked up to him.
"Some guys bet and some guys follow through," Patterson said. "He followed through. He looks great."
Kelly and Henry were busy texting throughout the Rose Bowl and as soon as it was over, Kelly knew he'd have to pay up.
"I'm glad it's a nice day out," Kelly said. "Can you imagine if it was 90? I've got a lot of respect for mascots now, let me tell you."
Kelly was disappointed he couldn't see Henry in the Bucky Badger costume.
"I had it ready to come here and every Bucky has been over 6-2, so he would have fit perfectly," said Kelly, noting that Henry is 6-foot-3. "But it seems like I fit pretty good in this one."
Henry couldn't stop laughing and enjoyed showing Kelly off to a large TCU contingent on hand for the pro-am.
"He's just a great sport," Henry said. "Obviously, when we found out TCU was playing Wisconsin, we wanted to have some fun with it. He's a great guy, great for the game and a fun guy to be around. Today is all about having a great time. It was fun to do this."
Kelly chuckled and said he was not considering playing his entire round in the SuperFrog outfit, figuring he'd had trouble controlling his shots. He added it was the first mascot costume he's ever put on.
"It smells very nice in there," Kelly said, tongue planted firmly in cheek.
No word on whether the outfit was cleaned before Kelly had to wear it.
Kelly decided to hit a drive off the first tee and was introduced as "Jerry SuperFrog Kelly." He hit a low hook, but did make contact.
"I haven't fatted it like that in a while," Kelly said. "I couldn't see it at the top of my swing."
The TCU campus is less than two miles from Colonial Country Club.
Richard Durrett is a reporter for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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