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    Back in 2006 when I was stationed in Monterey while in the Air Force, I used to play a lot of golf at Bayonet Black Horse ($50 a month for military). One afternoon I was playing by myself and was paired up with two older gentlemen, one who looked oddly familiar. About three holes in my curiosity got the better of me and I asked his playing partner, “why does your buddy look so familiar”? He replied with a chuckle, “Are you a baseball fan?” And it clicked! It was Mr October himself, Reggie Jackson. I was ashamed that I didn’t recognize him immediately, but did my best to play it cool, but back to back doubles made me come clean. I had a great time and my game turned around eventually once the nerves wore off.

    TLDR: I was paired with Reggie Jackson and didn’t know it until hole number 4!


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    September 2005 - Showed up as a single for my typical Sunday afternoon round at Emerald Valley just south of Eugene, Oregon and was surprised by a very full parking lot and golf course. Andy in the pro shop worked his magic and was able to pair me up for a round. Walked to 1 tee to meet up with John and Brandon. Noticed John had a really cool red, white and blue golf bag; John quickly stated Walker Cup. Okay. Ball sizzles off the tee and scorched a couple of the trees going up the fairway. John had just turned Pro and flew in from Kentucky to Monday Qualify for the Oregon Classic. I talked John through the course as best I could and watched a bunch of amazing drives. It was a great round, the distraction helped me to one of a dozen sub 80 rounds I've played, but I didn't get John to sign the card, damn! John missed qualifying by 1 stroke but after a couple of name changes John became JB Holmes and couple of months after our practice round in Oregon he won the PGA Tour Qualifying and then in couple more months won the Phoenix Open.


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    This won't be of interest to anyone except Auburn fans, but I once went to play a mediocre course in Golden Springs, AL and was paired with former Auburn QB Patrick Nix (after his playing days) and his dad .


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    A guy joined our twosome on day and after introductions he told us where we lived, and he even described our houses. Pretty creepy. It turns out he was a retired mail carrier with a photographic memory and we happened to be on his route.

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    There are some stories in here!

    I don't recall any memorable partners, but my caddie at the US Women's Open volunteer outing as awesome. Christian and I exchanged numbers and we were going to play together on Monday, except that they had an outing.
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    Last year before the Morgan Cup I walked on as a single and was going out immediately behind the last group of the ladies club. A 3some refused to play with me. The next group was two women. They let me join them. One of the two teed off from the same tees as me and drove it well past me. Turns out she played college golf and was on the LPGA tour for a while. I was mindful of being nervous at the MC and decided to ask her for tips on managing it. She said it was just a game, I wasn't playing for money, I have a job, and a wife who loves me, etc. Fast forward a few holes and we are on opposite sides of the fairway. I hit the most gawdaful shot imaginable. She yells to me "your wife still loves you." I yelled back "maybe so, but she didn't see that shot." We laughed. It was a super fun round. All the awkwardness about the ladies club business and their reservations about telling me their marriage status were washed away by a fun round.
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    I don't have any memorable stories, but isn't it amazing how a few holes with a total stranger can make such an impression. What a game.

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    Ready to set off with a buddy at Oyster Bay outside of Myrtle Beach in 2001.

    Starter had us hold up, said he was gonna send a twosome out with us.

    Moments later, they pull up and stop maybe 30' behind us to chat with the starter. My buddy, Chris, never at a loss for ill advised confidence, taps me on the chest and says, "an old dude and his son. Wanna take them down?" (betting)

    I said, "there you go again, judging a book by its cover. You'll never learn."

    Mark quickly bowed out of any games, I followed. Before Chris negotiated stakes with Gary, I quietly offered a final warning to him. Instinct was telling me something, Chris was oblivious. As usual, he just shrugged me off.

    Three of us tee off, myself, Chris and Mark. All good shots.

    Gary was last and he absolutely smoked the ball dead center and long. Abbreviated backswing, strong through the ball, the sound at impact was of the truly rare variety. I lobbed a sarcastic chuckle in Chris' direction.

    Gary and Mark hopped in their carts first and went around ours, passing us while heading to their balls.

    On the back of Gary's bag was an embroidered Canadian flag and his name, "Gary Cowan."

    I said to Chris, "either he's a narcissistic dope like you, or you just got swindled." (qualifier: said for effect at the moment, no issue with names on bags)

    Turns out Mr. Cowan was one of Canada's most accomplished amateur golfers and a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame as well as their Sports HOF.

    He, uh.. ahem.. also finished T25 in the 1964 Masters. Played along side Arnie and many of the game's greats.

    Needless to say, Chris was indeed suckered and eventially paid in full. He was easily and handily taken down despite Gary being distracted as it was a playing lesson that he was giving Mark.

    Gary Cowan was 63 at the time and averaged well over 300 yards with driver. His precision with every club in his bag was incredible. To this day, when I need to make an abbreviated swing, I picture his and say simply to myself, "Gary Cowan."

    He was a man of few words and dry wit who graciously took a moment to comment about my golf game.

    He asked, "you any good at tennis?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by WMac19 View Post
    Ready to set off with a buddy at Oyster Bay outside of Myrtle Beach in 2001.

    Starter had us hold up, said he was gonna send a twosome out with us.

    Moments later, they pull up and stop maybe 30' behind us to chat with the starter. My buddy, Chris, never at a loss for ill advised confidence, taps me on the chest and says, "an old dude and his son. Wanna take them down?" (betting)

    I said, "there you go again, judging a book by its cover. You'll never learn."

    Mark quickly bowed out of any games, I followed. Before Chris negotiated stakes with Gary, I quietly offered a final warning to him. Instinct was telling me something, Chris was oblivious. As usual, he just shrugged me off.

    Three of us tee off, myself, Chris and Mark. All good shots.

    Gary was last and he absolutely smoked the ball dead center and long. Abbreviated backswing, strong through the ball, the sound at impact was of the truly rare variety. I lobbed a sarcastic chuckle in Chris' direction.

    Gary and Mark hopped in their carts first and went around ours, passing us while heading to their balls.

    On the back of Gary's bag was an embroidered Canadian flag and his name, "Gary Cowan."

    I said to Chris, "either he's a narcissistic dope like you, or you just got swindled." (qualifier: said for effect at the moment, no issue with names on bags)

    Turns out Mr. Cowan was one of Canada's most accomplished amateur golfers and a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame as well as their Sports HOF.

    He, uh.. ahem.. also finished T25 in the 1964 Masters. Played along side Arnie and many of the game's greats.

    Needless to say, Chris was indeed suckered and eventially paid in full. He was easily and handily taken down despite being distracted as it was a playing lesson that he was giving Mark.

    Gary Cowan was 63 at the time and averaged well over 300 yards with driver. His precision with every club in his bag was incredible. To this day, when I need to make an abbreviated swing, I picture his and say simply to myself, "Gary Cowan."

    He was a man of few words and dry wit who graciously took a moment to comment about my golf game.

    He asked, "you any good at tennis?"

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    That is just an awesome story haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by WMac19 View Post
    Ready to set off with a buddy at Oyster Bay outside of Myrtle Beach in 2001.

    Starter had us hold up, said he was gonna send a twosome out with us.

    Moments later, they pull up and stop maybe 30' behind us to chat with the starter. My buddy, Chris, never at a loss for ill advised confidence, taps me on the chest and says, "an old dude and his son. Wanna take them down?" (betting)

    I said, "there you go again, judging a book by its cover. You'll never learn."

    Mark quickly bowed out of any games, I followed. Before Chris negotiated stakes with Gary, I quietly offered a final warning to him. Instinct was telling me something, Chris was oblivious. As usual, he just shrugged me off.

    Three of us tee off, myself, Chris and Mark. All good shots.

    Gary was last and he absolutely smoked the ball dead center and long. Abbreviated backswing, strong through the ball, the sound at impact was of the truly rare variety. I lobbed a sarcastic chuckle in Chris' direction.

    Gary and Mark hopped in their carts first and went around ours, passing us while heading to their balls.

    On the back of Gary's bag was an embroidered Canadian flag and his name, "Gary Cowan."

    I said to Chris, "either he's a narcissistic dope like you, or you just got swindled." (qualifier: said for effect at the moment, no issue with names on bags)

    Turns out Mr. Cowan was one of Canada's most accomplished amateur golfers and a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame as well as their Sports HOF.

    He, uh.. ahem.. also finished T25 in the 1964 Masters. Played along side Arnie and many of the game's greats.

    Needless to say, Chris was indeed suckered and eventially paid in full. He was easily and handily taken down despite Gary being distracted as it was a playing lesson that he was giving Mark.

    Gary Cowan was 63 at the time and averaged well over 300 yards with driver. His precision with every club in his bag was incredible. To this day, when I need to make an abbreviated swing, I picture his and say simply to myself, "Gary Cowan."

    He was a man of few words and dry wit who graciously took a moment to comment about my golf game.

    He asked, "you any good at tennis?"

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    Great story. My buddie learned the whole book cover thing when he got smoked by a one eyed 60+ year old who shot a 68. His game was one of the best I have ever seen. The old guy not my friend.
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