Canadian Tour Veteran Parlays Unprecedented Winnings into Purchase of Super Size Meal at Wendy's
|The Vancouver Wendy's where Chippy Chippleton made his now-famous purchase|
38 year-old Hal "Chippy" Chippleton, a 13-year veteran
of the Canadian golf Tour, purchased a super size meal at a Vancouver
area Wendy's franchise yesterday.
Buoyed by his $27 dollar (Canadian) check for his 53rd place finish
at the Vancouver Open last week, Chippleton decided to "treat
himself" by purchasing an extra large cola beverage and order
of french fries when ordering a Mountain of Meat combo, a favorite
amongst Canadian Tour athletes.
"In my 13 years on the Canadian Tour, $27 dollars is the biggest
check I've ever received," said an elated Chippleton as he
patted his posterior in the general area where his wallet is normally
"It's not every day you're at Wendy's and the old billfold
has a little extra padding."
Added the 16th place finisher in the 1984 Mississippi State Amateur
Championship, "I reckon it would be remiss of me to forget
to extend my thanks to Mr. (Bruce) Paiement, the Canadian Tour commissioner,
for securing the big name sponsors and record purses this season.
Things have never been better for the Canadian Tour."
Reached for comment, Paiement said he was "extremely proud
of Chippy," calling him "just one of the many rising stars"
on the Canadian Tour.
Staff at the Wendy's outlet frequented by the golfer were said
to be extremely surprised with his decision.
Counter attendant Amanda Steeple, who served Chippleton his super
size purchase, recognized the golf pro from his visits to the restaurant
each of the previous four days.
"There was certainly a change in his demeanor when he walked
in this evening. Normally, he'd come in looking kinda sheepish,
slouching, shrunken shoulders, and he'd be counting out the $5.31
for his meal on the counter, paying mostly with nickels and dimes."
|Chippy Chippleton enjoying his Mountain of Meat super size combo in front of an assembled media throng
"But tonight, he handed me a fresh, crisp 10 dollar bill.
He actually took the time to tell me that he had just won big, and
he was going to "live it up,"" described Steeple.
"There was nothing impulsive about this. It was obvious that
this was a planned, calculated purchase."
His greatest success behind him, the Alabama native who sleeps
in the back of his 1981 Chevrolet Chevette during the golf season
is already looking to the future. "I'm getting closer and closer
to the dream. After this breakthrough, I think I'm ready to take
it to the next level-y'all are gonna be seein' a whole lot more
of ole Chippy
Bring on the big time, baby."
"Y'know, hitting the $500 mark in winnings this year might
not even be out of the question! Just wait till I tell the kids
and rub it in the ex-wife's face," gushed Chippleton.
"Who's the loser now, Diane?"
Depending on the outcome of this weekend's Alberta Open in Calgary,
Chippleton has not ruled out splurging on a celebratory post-tournament
trip to Denny's.
Posted on June 29th, 2001