Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 185

“Congratulations, it’s a Pole in one.”

(by Ken Wilkinson, first, and then, in different words, by Diane, Harvey Appelbaum, Michael Lomazow, David Grand, Carole, Dominick Mancino and Pat Foley) . . . all before I posted any captions on April 10th. Yes, it’s an 8-way tie!


My original caption: “Is that as good as a hole in one, dear?”


OK, OK, OK, you don’t have to hit me over my head with your mashies . . . I get it that the winning caption better have something to do with “a pole in one”. So it’s a record-breaking 8-way tie! Ken Wilkinson (fifth victory) sent in the first and earliest “pole in one” entry, soon after the Contest started, and it was quickly followed by Diane (seventh victory), Harvey Appelbaum (fourth victory), Michael Lomazow (fourth victory), David Grand (third victory), Carole (second victory), Dominick Mancino (tenth victory) and Pat Foley (second victory). All of these captions were received before I posted any captions at all, which I started to do on April 10th, so there was no hanky-panky going on. Congratulations to all of you very funny people!

Here are all the other “pole in one” captions, plus a few others that I was seriously considering for top honors:

“You are amazing, instead of a hole in one, you hit the top of the pole in one.” (by Diane)

“No, Harry, it’s definitely your ball!” (by Brendan Gannon)

“Is that a Pole-in-one?” (by Harvey Appelbaum)

“I’ve got a pole in one.” (by Michael Lomazow)

“Can you ‘accidentally’ push me into the pole?” (also by Michael Lomazow)

“I think I’m about to get my 15 minutes of fame.” (also by Michael Lomazow)

“Congratulations. You got a pole in one!” (by David Grand)

“Why doesn’t it count as a ‘pole in one’?” (by Carole)

“Well, how do we score this . . . ‘A POLE-IN-ONE’???”  (by Dominick Mancino)

“I’ll score that a pole-in-one.” (by Pat Foley)

“Close enough, no putt necessary . . . you got a birdie on this hole.” (by artie baldwin)

“Now dear . . . you told me to aim for the pole!” (by Kay Ralph)


FULL DISCLOSURE: I estimate that I drew this cartoon, with the above original caption, in the mid-1980’s, and indeed it was never bought or published. However, shortly after selecting it for the Caption Contest, I discovered that in the 1950’s or 1960’s I had drawn a similar cartoon, with a golf ball landing on top of a pole. The caption of that cartoon was “Do I go again?” That cartoon was bought and printed in May 1968 by a small publication called “News Front”. You can see it, if you want to, by navigating through my “Publications” archive, under “News Front”.

Mea culpa. sorry about that.


Be on the lookout for Contest No. 186, Captioneers . . . it’ll be coming at you before you know it.




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