Been gone from the PC world for several days. It was actually refreshing to be away from all media sources Thu-Sat last week. I was oblivious to major news, even more so to the stupidity of regular television.
Thursday I woke up about 2 hours later than I wanted. I knew I was in trouble when I heard birds. I had hoped to leave the house for the golf tournament by 3:30 AM at the latest. I awoke at 5:03 in shear horror. I hadn’t set my alarm.
So, after setting the land speed record to Grand Rapids… 2 hours, I arrived to score the Pro-Am. The group I was paired with was really nice. There were some cool execs from some nameless company and my pro was John Mahaffrey. (My pro, as if I know the guy.) He was really nice, but a little reserved. The amateurs in the group were actually pretty good. I had a hard time not coaching the team as they needed some strategy help, but I just kept my mouth shut and recorded their scores.
Friday morning I arrived on the course and found out I was paired with Jim Thorpe’s group. That was tons of fun. He was a very nice man, he hit the ball a ton, and every time it looked like he was going to make a terrible bogey, he’d find a way to get on in regulation and get his par. It was very cool to see him win on Sunday.
One thing that was funny for me is that I didn’t realize that I’d have to actually sit across the table from the pros in the scorers tent and check their scores. I was more than a little intimidated when I sat down across from Thorpe and Sammy Rachels (who had just shot a career round 64.) Even the other guy, Walter Zembriski was intimidating for me. Thankfully we all had the right scores and it was over quickly. I got signed balls from all the guys.
I will be volunteering there next year, Lord willing. It was a great experience and I learned a lot. Morevover, I met some fabulous people.