ST. PETERSBURG — The first surprise for the Bond family came on a Tuesday afternoon in quarantine.
Webb Bond’s young daughters roamed around on scooters as he practiced chipping golf balls in front of the house. Everyone was shocked when he finally whacked a ball onto the roof 35 feet away. It rolled off perfectly, falling 20 feet before splashing into a cup of water below.
The second surprise? When John Krasinski, star of The Office and Jack Ryan, featured footage of the St. Petersburg family’s reaction on his popular online “Some Good News” show.
The Bond family has been trying to keep things positive in their new routine since quarantine started. Every morning, they wake up at the same time and make breakfast together. After remote school and work, they play outside in the neighborhood before drawing out of a bowl to pick which board game they’ll play that night.
Webb has loved playing golf with his father since he was young. Now he and his oldest daughter, 9-year-old Livie, have a special tradition of sharing the sport together every Sunday after church. Even though the coronavirus kept them cooped up in their Allendale neighborhood, the Bonds continued the game to maintain a sense of normalcy.
“It’s the most wonderful way to spend time with your daughter,” he said.
They set up the camera to film as he practiced the trick shot on March 24. It only took about 15 minutes for him to finally nail it.
“Off the roof, in the cup,” he said to the camera before turning to hit the ball. It sailed over the walkway and plunked onto the roof above the front door, where his wife stood. As soon as the ball rolled into the target, the entire family started screaming and running across the shot.
The clip ends with Livie, still holding her pink and blue hula-hoop, approaching the camera to holler “Booyah!”
“They had no idea that I knew the word," Livie said. "And I have no idea where I learned it.”
Webb’s wife, Kara, says he "only tried the shot one time, but practiced 37 times.” She posted the video on Twitter and Instagram, tagging golf accounts.
Golf.com picked it up. Then the family’s friend in D.C. ran it on the TV station where she works. Then it took off across the internet.
“Every day I woke up to a bunch of new text messages," Webb said. "Most just say, ‘Booyah!’”
Krasinski took notice when Kara tagged him in a tweet. He featured the clip on an edition of “Some Good News.” As of Wednesday afternoon, the show had been viewed 11 million times on Facebook.
The Bonds appear during the seventh minute, right after Krasinski asked Robert De Niro to report on the weather. (“It’s pretty good," De Niro replied.)
Then, the actor transitioned into a segment called “What did I miss.”
“In these bizarre times, so many of us are missing out on the things we love,” Krasinski said. “On the people we love. And on the chance to just all get together.
“But you can’t let that stop you. Just like in St. Petersburg, Florida, this one golf dad sinks a hole in one while his daughter single-handedly brings back ‘Booyah.’”
The family was thrilled, especially Webb and Kara. They started dating right as The Office debuted and have continued watching Krasinski in Jack Ryan.
“We were trying to explain to the girls that for John Krasinski to show our video and speak about our video, for them that’s like if Elsa had a show,” Webb said.
He continued, "I think we all will come out of this much stronger.”
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