How ‘Golf Twitter’ came together to save one man’s lost clubs in Scotland

Shave Bacon with Steff, the deliverer of clubs.

Shane Bacon - Twitter

A story about an airline losing golf clubs as golfers head overseas for the Open Championship is just as much a tradition as taking a picture crossing the Swilcan Bridge. But for one man, “Golf Twitter” came together to not only find his clubs but have them delivered.

The man in question is none other than Golf Channel contributor Shane Bacon, who on June 10th arrived in Scotland but reported to his 109K Twitter followers that unfortunately, his clubs did not. With golf booked during the “work trip” (no not jealous at all) it became a mad race to locate the lost gear and get it to St. Andrews.

With no clubs available for Shane’s first round at North Berwick that afternoon, it was back to Twitter in hopes of finding a set of left-handed clubs ⁠— lucky for Shane a set was found quickly.

The next day with hope in his heart, Shane returned to the Edinburgh airport bright and early in an attempt to find the lost clubs, but after some time spent searching, it was back to work at St Andrews empty-handed.

But with hope fading a sharp-eyed Twitter follower of Shane’s spotted a bag that ⁠— conveniently enough, had both his former podcast logo and name on the side. (You can also find Shane’s new podcast here: Get a Grip with Shane Bacon)

This is where the real action begins. With the clubs located in one of the baggage claim areas it became a game of “how do I get them to St. Andrews?”

With the momentum of the story on “Golf Twitter” reaching far and wide, it didn’t take long for one user Steff to reach out to Shane to let him know that they not only picked up his clubs but were headed in his direction!

Now for the happy conclusion. Just two days after the clubs were lost, and only 4 hours after they were found and picked up at the airport – they were reunited with their rightful, and extremely happy owner. Now in case you were wondering about any reward for the good deed, apparently, after much bargaining Steff refused and Shane made a donation to a charity instead- how’s that for a win-win.

We all know social media can be a bit overwhelming, but Shane’s story just goes to show that there are enough good people looking out for each other that when we come together, great things can happen.

Ryan Barath Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.