Kenny Perry was #TeamIZOD at the 1996 PGA Championship
When I was around 12 years old I loved
playing golf driving the golf cart when my dad would play golf. I played a lot of other sports which interested me more than golf, so playing golf while I was at the golf course wasn’t a high priority for me. I’d get out and take a few cuts here and there. Sure. But my focus was on driving that Yamaha, which topped out at 15 MPH, like a wildman. Puddle in the way? No problem. Splash, baby. Cart path only? Not for this kid. I was 12. I did what I wanted. I drove the cart so well people called me “The Geoff Bodine of Bermuda.” That’s a long nickname, and people didn’t really call me that. But they should have.
When I turned 13 my feelings about golf changed. My dad took me to Valhalla for the 1996 PGA Championship. We watched Kenny Perry, Russ Cochran, John Daly, Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman, Tom Watson, and many more. Seeing these guys play, seeing the course, and watching a major championship live changed all my feelings on the game. I was hooked. Not only did it make me a big fan of the game, it made me want to become a good player.
I have tons of good memories from playing golf. I’ve played with my grandparents, my brothers, my dad, uncles, and cousins. I got some of my college paid for because of golf. I’ve worked in golf. I’ve caddied for two former U.S. Amatuer champions. Now, I enjoy playing with my friends. I was playing golf with Matt when he asked me to write for KSR. Golf has opened up so many doors for me and given me a lot of opportunities. Now, the very same tournament where it all started for me is coming back to our state.
In 2014, the PGA Championship returns to Valhalla and the best golfers in the world will be in our backyard playing golf on our bluegrass. If you listened to the radio show today, Matt was joined by a PGA representative to tell everyone how to get registered for PGA Championship tickets. I wanted to share the link here.
Go to: www.2014pga.com and get registered so you will be notified when tickets go on sale in August of this year.
I encourage everyone to go. Even if it’s just for one day. Hopefully we will be there cheering on KSR favorites Josh Teater and Spencer Levin. If you have kids, take them. Kids 17 & under get in for free with a ticketed adult. Military and spouse get in for free with a military I.D. The more we support events like this when they come to Kentucky, the more they will be contested here. And who knows? It may encourage your child to stop racing golf carts and start working on their short game. It worked for me, and now I’m a grown man with a 401 K and benefits who writes about the Bachelor in his spare time.
I turned out pretty well, wouldn’t you say?