does for junior golf what
'The Bad News Bears' did for sandlot baseball
and 'The Mighty Ducks' did for ice hockey.
Original Screenplay by Colin M Jarman
- based on a true story.
Teenage twins Ben and Samantha stumble across a mythical 'Little Foot' creature living wild on their father's country club golf course.
Instead of exposing this diminutive trespasser, they cheekily coerce him into keeping his underground lair a secret by becoming their golf coach - in time to win the club’s junior tournament.
Searching for her golf ball lost in the woods at their country club course, Benjamin and Samantha Anderson make a fantastic discovery. The teenage twins not only find Sam’s pink ball in an unplayable lie, but stumble across ‘Little Foot’ - the mythical beastman of the woods - trapped in a snare.
Repaying the twins’ kindness he shows Sam how to chip her ‘unplayable’ ball back onto the fairway. Surprised, yet impressed by his golfing expertise the twins demand that George coaches them instead of the bullying club professional.
In order to keep his life a secret, George agrees to tutor the twins in private. This unlikely alliance of a sixty-year-old down-and-out coaching two thirteen-year-old rich kids produces dramatic improvements to their golf game. George’s home-spun philosophy also affects their outlook on life. George’s eccentric, yet expert coaching gives Ben and Sam the confidence to enter the country club’s prestigious junior tournament.
With the secret coaching going well, George and the twins share other experiences and escapades. The twins marvel when invited into George’s living quarters beneath the seventh green. They audaciously save him from a brutal beast hunt led by their former coach, the vindictive club pro. When the twins’ mother invites their ‘new’ coach to tea, the twins give George a complete body makeover before he meets the rich parents at their mansion on the golf course.
With their father’s reluctant blessing, George publicly coaches the twins at the country club. George further alienates the club pro by freely offering advice to his paying clients. Realizing that the vastly improved twins pose a major threat to his sons’ defense of the junior title, the jealous pro frames George for thefts from the clubhouse.
In jail, George explains how he came to be living rough on the golf course for thirty-six years. In 1969, he refused to carry out a highly classified special ops mission in Southeast Asia to prevent civilian casualties. Back in the USA, his former military employers sought to terminate him, and framed him for the murder of his wife and children. On the run for his life, George disappeared deep undercover on the golf course founded by his late grandfather.
Bailed out in time to caddy for the twins in the final, George inspires them to take on the club pro caddying for his equally dishonest sons, who break every rule in the book. The pro’s manic insistence on cheating and his cowardly bullying of his browbeaten sons causes them to rebel against their father in spectacular and shocking fashion.
The twins win a tense junior final on the eighteenth green thanks the unselfish actions of the pro’s sons. George is cleared of all charges when the disgraced pro is arrested for the clubhouse thefts.
After the final, George finds his underground home flooded; the roof had been caved in by the pro while he had been in jail. George dives into the waterlogged hole in his roof and fails to reappear.
Weeks later in hospital, George lies comatose with little chance of recovery. An elderly lady, Rose, enters his private room with her grown up twins. The presence of his long-lost family revives George, who learns that he has inherited his grandfather’s estate and mansion overlooking the golf course.
He also learns that as junior club champions the twins qualify for an international event at the home of golf in Scotland and they insist George goes with them as their coach.
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Get In The Hole is a morally uplifting story that fosters the importance of family values, unswerving loyalty and ‘playing the ball as it lies’.
The two leading adult roles [George and the club pro] are written to appeal to the increasing number of Hollywood actors, over fifty, who love to play golf. These older characters are counter-balanced by two strong teenage protagonists to give the script multi-generational marketability.
Such a family storyline has been written to appeal to children, parents and golfers as well as the like-minded children’s charities run by the Professional Golf Associations (see www.thefirsttee.org) and their Nine Core Values (all exemplified in the screenplay).
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Copyright Colin M Jarman (2023)