Tony Finau, Paige Spiranac's fiance set Guinness World Record for pitch-n-catch from 110 yards
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Tony Finau, Paige Spiranac’s fiance set Guinness World Record for pitch-n-catch from 110 yards

If you've ever been unfortunate enough to have someone hit a ball into you, then you know the panic of turning around after hearing "Fore!" and seeing a ball coming straight for you. The gut reaction is to duck or run or somehow evade to save your skull.

But, how many hurdling golf balls do you think you could catch bare-handed if you knew they were coming off the face of a wedge from 110 yards away? How many could you catch in a minute with the right partner?

That's what 18Birdies set to figure out with two of their ambassadors, Tony Finau and Paige Spiranac, hitting shots from 110 yards to their own pitch-and-catch partners in a Guinness World Record attempt. The standing mark was 11 successful pitch-and-catches in a 60-second period, which, frankly, seems like a lot. You basically can't screw up in a minute of wedge shots.

After some learning pains -- literally -- for Spiranac's fiance, former minor-leaguer Steve Tinoco, he got the hang of the game with his partner Tony Finau. On their final attempt, the pair got in perfect sync with Tinoco catching the record-setting 12th ball with just a fraction of a second to spare. They now own a world record, which is a pretty cool thing. And it makes me want to start looking up obscure Guinness World Records I could own with some buddies.

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