I was recently asked to tee it up in a few tournaments. I used to love golf, but now it’s totally different. Yes. I am back to coaching at my alma mater. I am enjoying my interactions with the Lycoming College Warriors. But I don’t play much. It’s cool. I don’t miss it. I seriously don’t remember the last time I played my own ball. It has been a few years, as I now mostly stick to scrambles and member-guests.
I used to be a rather good player. I am serious. Feel free to take a look at my scrapbook. My entire life was built around the game. I golfed in high school and in college. My very first job was with the United States Golf Association. I worked at White Deer Golf Course for 15 years. This is also my second stint at Lycoming. I just wrapped up the 16th season with coaching. Yes. I have played in many individual and team tournaments. Competitive. I peaked when I was 25.
I played two rounds with my good friend Eric Loudenslager. The Corey Creek Member-Guest is always on the radar. I will continue to play as long as my free-spirited chum will ask me. I love the course, and her people are outstanding. I hit the ball well, and so did Eric. We didn’t light up the scoreboard, but we were respectful. A few may have accused us of bagging.
One really got on us. Uncle Ray WHEELAND is still my buddy. What happened to you guys? Second flight? Didn’t you use to win these tournaments? Yes. There was a time. That was many years ago when we were both in our prime. Eric and I used to play a lot together. We have some fantastic yet blurry memories. Clinton. Valley Farms. White Deer Memorial and the Williamsport Invitational. The ERS even recorded some victories.
It was great to see so many familiar faces. Many of my brothers to the north actually read the Webb Weekly. Bill Byrne is the man. We talked about hoops and fishing. Friendly banter. I would mention everyone’s name, but I am holding out for money. Corey Creek is a spectacular golf course. It was in great shape, and the rhododendrons were blooming. I love the big greens and open fairways. Some of the views were outstanding.
Eric and I played a two-person scramble. They are a great way to keep things fun. Everyone hits. You pick the best shot and keep at it. All walks of life can enjoy and add to this format. Good players help, but they are not required. Now I can still play from tee to green. I am getting shorter. My wedge game is still elite. Putting was never my forte, and I tend to always miss it. Thankfully in a scramble, you have a partner. Eric is solid. He saved me on many occasions.
This weekend I am golfing with my man William Kieser. The Williamsport Country Club Member-Guest. Fancy. Thick wallets. I will do my best to hang in there. I am sure there will be some stupendous stories.
Golf is a great game. Jensen is now showing interest. He wants to play more. It is a beautiful thing. Maybe I will return. Who knows. The circle of life. Cheers.