In hindsight, maybe it wasn’t such a great idea. Plainville native Kimberly Webster says she doesn’t regret running (mostly) without clothes up the 18th fairway at the final round of last weekend’s Presidents Cup golf tournament, but her parents sure do.
“Out of respect, I called them afterward from the police station and told them what had happened,” Webster told us. “It wasn’t good. They were more embarrassed and concerned than mad.”
What happened is this: The 23-year-old graduate of King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham had recently moved to Ohio to take care of her grandmother, and got it into her head that she could add a little excitement to the nationally televised tourney at nearby Muirfield Village Country Club by, well, streaking.
“Honestly, I’m not really a golf fan, but I am a Bruins, Red Sox, and Patriots fan,” said Webster. “I googled ‘top streakers of all time’ and they were all men. My motivation was to change that, and because [the Presidents Cup] is an international event, I thought that would top everyone else.”
Webster showed up at the country club wearing only black pants and her grandmother’s black raincoat. (The day before, she’d purchased some patriotic red-white-and-blue stickers to cover her nipples.) As American golfer Steve Stricker — get it? Stricker sounds like “streaker” — approached the 18th hole, Webster quickly disrobed and took off running, waving an American flag over her head.
“I thought I was going to be sick I was so nervous,” she said. “I don’t remember anything. I just ran.”
And fast. In a blurry, widely posted video of her naked jaunt, Webster looks like a very speedy sprite. She sprinted for a few minutes but tired and ran into the woods, where police officers, instead of tackling or tasering her, draped a jacket over her and drove her away on a golf cart. She was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and released, no handcuffs, no mugshot.
As you might expect, the media tried to contact Webster but she’s done just a few interviews, in part because her parents would prefer that their eldest daughter not be famous for flaunting her backside at a golf tournament. She has, however, joined Twitter — @prescupstreaker — and already has more than 2,200 followers.
“I’m one of those spur-of-the-moment people and I don’t take myself too seriously,” she said. “Life’s too short.”Mark Shanahan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.