WACO, Texas (KWTX) Over a span of 16 years, everyone who attempted the approximate 96-foot, basketball-court putt at Baylor basketball games had all failed.
Ky Carlson (second from left) with family.
When Ky Carlson's third attempt drifted right of the green set up on the baseline, the trend appeared to roll on to another day.
"As soon as I hit it, I know I pushed it off to the right, but as it goes past halfcourt, it starts to curl back in," Carlson said. "It keeps getting closer and closer, and then all of a sudden, it's pandemonium. It pops on the green and goes in. Nobody could believe it, including me, so that was pretty amazing."
Carlson was a contestant in the Mattson Financial Group putting contest that features three separate putts worth $250, $500 and $5,000 respectively. Ironically, his first attempt was the worst of the three, missing the green by a few inches.
"(Baylor) kind of wants us to go pretty fast. I get to the second one and it's a dead aim," Carlson said. "That one barely lipped in and out. I thought that second one was my chance."
The speed of the golf ball on the hardwood for the big money was perfect, but the initial track to the green revealed little hope.
"If you hit the third green, you get a hundred bucks, so I thought maybe I could hit the green," Carlson said. But when I hit it, (I thought) there's no way in my mind it was going in.
"My heart is still beating hard. The host came and grabbed me, and then ran to half court with me. I was just so pumped up. The mascot came up and I grabbed him. It was one of the most exciting things I've ever done in my life."
Living in the Houston area, Carlson has found a way to attend plenty of Baylor basketball games in the past, and always had his scouting eye open with previous contestants.
So when he had his chance to shine during the first half of Baylor's 59-44 win over Texas in front of the Ferrell Center crowd of 6,063 that featured his family, he took his previous golfing experience, along with knowledge of prior attempts on the hardwood, and did something that even professional golfers would surely appreciate.
"The only advice I can give is every time I've ever been here, people over-hit it because they're on a gym floor instead of a green," Carlson said. "You almost feel like you're not even gonna get it to the hole. When I hit most of the putts, I think people were thinking like my second putt, it wasn't even going to make it there. It just keeps rolling. Don't over-hit it. Let it have a chance."