For years, I’ve secretly dreamt of participating in the National Auto Glass Annual Golf Classic. In fact, it was the inspiration behind many a golf lesson with my extremely patient husband. A zero handicap, he warned me that golf was a game of practice and patience. He didn’t tell me it was also a game of life and death. Let me explain.
When I walked on to the golf course for the first time, toting my brand-new clubs and hot-pink golf balls, I was both nervous and excited. On the 9th hole, I stepped up to the tee, took a big swing, and topped the ball. Rather than soaring through the air, it went skidding across the grass at a high rate of speed before stopping abruptly. Its target: a squirrel crossing the fairway. On bad days, I can’t hit the broad side of a barn, let alone a 2-pound moving target 150 yards away. Yet, that day my golf ball was destined to meet that squirrel. I’ll leave it to your imagination as to the nickname this incident inspired. And no, it’s not “Fuzzy.”
One of these days, my pink golf ball will be among those on the 18th green at the golf classic. Until then, I’ll leave it to the experts. Congratulations to Rodger Pickett, James O’Malley, Kirk Reed and Brian Clayton for placing first in the 2008 National Auto Glass Annual Golf Classic, held Feb. 11 at the Starr Pass Golf Club in Tucson. Sponsored by Equalizer Industries, the tournament kicks off three days of management-level education seminars at the National Auto Glass Conference: A Forum for Auto Glass Executives at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in that Arizona city. For complete conference coverage, visit www.autoglassmagazine.net.