After years ignoring lucky opportunities of playing charity golf tournaments, the sun finally got a piece of my body with the time of my life at Pine Lakes.
The first was the Trinity Challenge, and the other was what I like to call the Harry Davis Event for the Needy.
Oh, my team didn’t win, but that was programmed.
All players in our foursome agreed prior to the first swing being struck to give back the winnings. We did at the Trinity Challenge and missed a repeat in the Davis event by a stroke. After all, who in one’s right mind would have the audacity of whacking Davis in golf?
Not us. That’s for sure.
But, you see, an opportunity for charity changed my thinking. It’s the right thing to do.
I bring this up because what may be the most important of all is slated for Sept. 10, on the Links Course at Hammock Dunes.
It’s the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House Golf Classic.
In case you don’t know, Stuart F. Meyer was a top executive with the St. Louis Cardinals and moved to Palm Coast in 1995. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with cancer and life ended. As a hospice patient, he learned of other patients without the blessing of family to care for them and thus, his wife paid tribute by building the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House at the Florida Hospital Flagler campus.
To this day, if a patient doesn’t have the funds for individual care, the patient is cared for free of charge.
I’ll be telling you more of this fascinating story as the Golf Classic nears. Remember, any event that has Elmer Stainbrook helping to lead the way is one special event.
Aces and eagles
If you are fortunate enough to enter the hole-in-one or eagle history books, you have become a special individual.
To this day, I suffer with a measly hole-in-one at Palm Harbor. Meanwhile, most of my friends wear the cloak of four or five.
So, our congratulations are offered to Charles Esposito for his ace on the fifth hole at Cypress, and Joan Callahan for her ace at Grand Haven.
Then along came a flurry of Eagles, a feat almost as thrilling as the above.
Cindy Hartwell did it on No. 7 at Grand Haven; Steve Tosh and Bill Nord both entered that special hall with eagles on No. 12 also at Grand Haven.
Congratulations to all.
And what about the kidding heaped on me by friends for lack of talent?
A friend is one that knows me as I am, understands where I have been, accepts what I have become, and still allows me to grow despite being a lousy golfer!