Holly Sonders received plenty of criticism for her on-course interviews during the U.S. Open, leading to her reassignment to focus on the postgame show shortly after the Chambers Bay event concluded. One thing she should not be criticized for is her charitable spirit, after the former Golf Channel host agreed to go to the 2016 prom as the date of high school golfer Andrew Orischak, a South Carolina native who had designs on winning the U.S. Junior Amateur Open. In fact, Orischak originally bet that he would win the Junior Amateur, with a victory earning him a date with Sonders (who agreed to the terms).
Orischak came up short, collapsing down the stretch to allow a surging Philip Barbaree to close a five-shot deficit in the late holes and earn the title on the 37th. Orischak felt he let himself down, “… thinking about winning before the match was over, and I still had golf to be played.” Yet Sonders was still happy to uphold her part of the bargain, as she announced on Twitter.
Sonders came in for criticism by some on social media for agreeing to go to prom with Orischak, subject to claims that the television personality was going to, “show the kid how choking can be a good thing.” Still, most agreed that Sonders act was one of “pure class,” rewarding a tough-minded and self-confident teen for daring to dream, even if his vision ultimately came up short.
Indeed, it seems there’s only one true loser in this situation: Eric Kuselias. The Pro Football Talk co-host and NBC Sports Radio host is Sonders’ husband, and he’s having to hand her over to a teen for a night they might otherwise have been able to spend together.