Originally Posted by MEfree
Golf is a tough game, so let's take the time to pat ourselves on the back and/or relive a memorable moment- I'll start. What makes you smile the most when you think about it?
1) The shot that makes me smile was my hole in one in July of 2006, 160 uphill shot with a Hogan Edge 5 iron, that went in the hole after a lucky bounce. I have a number of shots that were better swings, but none with better results. Check that off my bucket list.
2) As a father my favorite memories are golfing with my daughter, Kelly, who also caddied at Oakmont with me when she was in high school. Caddies are allowed to golf at Oakmont after the Monday party is over, and Kelly and I would often play nine holes. Kelly was a high school champion golfer, but she had never beaten me. This particular Monday the first and tenth tees were backed up, so we decided to start on the 15th tee and play the back nine. I always made Kelly play the men's tee and the 15th is 440 yards long. I hit a good drive and had 180 left for my second shot. Kelly stepped up and hit a screamer with only 160 left to the pin. "I think today is the day," she told me as we left the tee. Well, it was an up and down battle and when we went to the 14th tee, our last hole in the match, and we were all even. I stepped up and hit a good drive, but just a little left of my target. Anyone who has ever played Oakmont knows that being just a little off usually means big trouble, and I was up against the front lip of a very deep fairway bunker. Kelly just smiled and ripped her drive in the middle of the fairway. I had no shot to the green so I laid up, only 10 yards past my daughter's drive. Well, to make a long story shorter, she hit the green, two-putted for par and said, "Wait 'til the guys in the caddie yard hear about this!" Needless to say, I was the butt of jokes for losing to a girl, but a proud father, nonetheless.
3) As a caddie my best moment was on Fathers Day when I carried a bag for a golfer who played with his father, (who rode a cart), and his son, (who carried his own bag). The 16th hole at Oakmont is a 211 par 3 into the wind most of the time. The pin was back that day and Mr. Meyers said that he would hit a 3 wood. I said, "You can't get there with a 3 wood, because the wind is stronger than normal." He took my advice and hit a driver... into the hole - on Fathers Day - playing with his father and his son. Priceless.