It was a Classic way to end a week of vacation, and it was for a good cause.
My days off were climaxed by my participation in the Children’s Clinic Golf Classic at Anderson Country Club on Tuesday afternoon.
The weather was nearly ideal, and the course was in perfect condition. The definition of what exactly is a “celebrity” needs to be revisited by the steering committee of the event, and that problem was made worse in a photo on A1 of Wednesday’s THB.
But the main thing about the event was that it raised a record number of funds, and that money will make sure that the Children’s Clinic will continue to provide medical care to those kids who otherwise wouldn’t get it.
All of the golfers, all of the organizers and all of the sponsors are to be commended for the money and time spent to make the event go smoothly.
There was more than enough goodwill to go around, and it seemed most everyone had a good time.
It was especially good for me to get to play one hole with former PGA Tour member Curt Byrum. Not only did I get to see him play up close, but I got to meet him and ask him questions about professional golf.
He uses a long putter so we had a brief discussion about whether that club will be outlawed. He thinks it will be banned, and he’s not particularly happy about it.
Then I talked to him about my favorite TV golf personality, Gary McCord. I told him it was on my bucket list to meet him or at least conduct a telephone interview. He talked about how hard McCord works to make an entertaining telecast. He said Gary writes down things he wants to say during the event.
Byrum also told a few tales about another telecast character, David Feherty. He mentioned that everything Feherty says on the broadcast is unrehearsed. His level as a strange but brilliant man was set forth in no uncertain terms by Byrum. I am glad he made the trip to Anderson.
Not everything was smooth sailing.
The celebrity on my team didn’t show up. Oh, you thought I was a celebrity? Not by that definition mentioned earlier.
So former Highland standout Matt Dauss was recruited. He was an excellent replacement. Dauss got into the spirit of the event. He was easy-going. He was complimentary of the players on the team who weren’t nearly up to his level, and he seemed to sense that the Classic was about enjoyment.
Also on the team was Yorktown graduate Ashley Sexton. She can really hit the ball. From the women’s tees, she put the team in a great spot to score many times.
Finally, I need to give a big thanks to the HB. This newspaper not only fielded a team to help this great cause, but it also picked me to be one of the four employees to play.
Sports Editor Rick Teverbaugh’s columns appear twice weekly.