Re: Have you ever met a well known professional golferMy son was a huge golf fan growing up and I took him to a Senior event when he was no more than 4 or 5. We sat on the grass a couple of feet from the green at one hole and Chi Chi hit his approach right in front of us. He stood no more than 10 feet from us, lining up his birdie putt, and my son blurts out "I love you, Chi Chi." Well, I almost died, but the crowd went nuts and Chi Chi couldn't stop laughing. He came over, rubbed his head, and said "I love you, too, kid." We followed him around for the day and he couldn't have been nicer to us. A real class act as far as I'm concerned. Of course, I kept my hand over his mouth when they were putting after that.
I took him to an LPGA event and the women were wonderful. My son has Fragile X Syndrome (think autism) and the women just seemed to get it as soon as they saw him. We walked past the putting green and a few of them stopped us and called him out to putt with them. I can't even remember who they all were, but I know Beth Daniel and Charlotta Sorenstam were there. Lorie Kane and Juli Inkster treated us like they'd known us forever. I just couldn't get over how friendly they were. If you want to talk to some pro golfers, go to an LPGA event, especially the practice rounds. They really go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Nancy Lopez was really nice to us, too.
My own big moment with a pro golfer came when I talked to Arnold Palmer. I'm an air traffic controller and his plane flew through my sector. I recognized the call sign, N1AP, and asked if the boss was on board. Right away, that familiar voice came back saying "I'm right here." It was right after his bout with prostate cancer a few years back and we had just gone to see him in a Senior event. I told him how much it meant to me to take my kids to watch Arnold Palmer and how glad we were that he was OK. I was nervous because I didn't want to say something stupid and have to go through life knowing that Arnold Palmer thought I was an idiot. But he seemed touched by what I said and made me feel that he really cared. I'll be an Arnold Palmer fan my whole life.