Not with us but just in front was the infamous Michael Vick about a year ago. He can't play golf worth a lick and neither could the rest of his foursome. He actually rode back to us and apologized for us having to watch how bad they were. He then gave my friend a beer and rode back up to his group and they finished the round playing Captain's choice so as to not back the course up any longer.
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Not a great player, chain-smoke cigars, but very fun to play with. I also met Adam Vinatieri (before he defected to Indy) at the same course, but didn't play with him.
The only other time I've ever encountered someone marginally famous on the golf course was when I nearly hit Boston Mayor Menino's wife with my tee ball on a blind par 5. She was not pleased.
I live in the KC area and paired up with Neil Smith (chiefs/bronco's fame)......I arrived as a single and paired-up with his 2-some. I pretended not to recognize him, which I think bothered his ego a tad bit. I avoided asking him any questions that would allow him to reveal who he was unless he just blurted it out. I really think he wanted me to know who he was.....He was asking me questions that normally get returned in kind. IE...the usual what kind of work do you do stuff......and of course, I didn't return these kinds of question to open that door. LOL
I have Ohio State head-covers and was wearing an OSU shirt, so we talked college football some. He had a Nebraska golf bag and this is when it was rumored that Nebraska may be joining the BigTen so we talked a lot of college football stuff related to possible conference changes. He was friendly enough during the round, but he didn't shake my hand on completion. He was hacking badly towards the end and left pretty quick. He didn't even putt-out on the last hole...LOL I'm pretty sure his playing partner also played in the NFL too, but I didn't recognize him. he was very gracious to the very end.
It was one of those uncomfortable pairings.....I was having a good day and playing par golf, and Neil was hacking pretty bad and I think he was feeling a bit self conscious about his bad play.... just like any high HC players sometimes do. His partner was a hoot.....he was having a blast and didn't care how bad he played...LOL
When I was11 years old, in SNJGA, I played a tournament with Mike Maddeux, Greg Maddeux, Marty Barrett & Roger Clemens, all professional baseball players. It was pretty gnarly from what I remember. The main thing I remember is crashing a golf cart into the railing and breaking the front axel, lol. WOOPS!
Jack Nicklaus....2! (the son that caddied for his father). I stumbled into Jackie one afternoon when he was trying to qualify for a Hogan Tour event (now the Web.com tour). Played 9 holes with him, his caddie, and some other guy one Sunday afternoon. We actually had a small "gallery" at one point. Jackie shot an 82 the next day and did not qualify. He did mention that at his age, his dad had already won a few majors. Jackie was giving it one last try to see if he could compete on the pro tour. Today, his career is based upon putting the "Jack Nicklaus II" name on designer golf courses.
I did have the pleasure of telling everyone at work that I played golf with Jack Nicklaus over the weekend!