The Golden Bear and me
Jack Nicklaus will always be my favorite golfer.
The Columbus Dispatch ran a great story this week about the 25th anniversary of his win at the 1986 Masters where he became the oldest golfer to win the tournament.
I was 11 at the time and I was hooked.
As a little kid, I memorized a sports history book with stories of his early victories.
Watching him win a big tournament live was great.
Several months later, I was able to attend the World Series of Golf in Akron, Ohio.
I wanted to follow Nicklaus and his group as he played.
By the time my dad and I caught up with his group, Nicklaus just finished his first hole.
The sports nerd in me wanted to score the round and I was pestering my dad to see how Nicklaus did on his first hole.
“I missed a putt and made par,” a man’s voice came from behind us.
I wheeled around and saw Nicklaus walking behind us with a smile to the second tee.
It’s a memory I’ll never forget.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo from The Columbus Dispatch. You can watch “Yes, Sir: Jack Nicklaus and the ’86 Masters” 6 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN)
Posted on April 5, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged 1986, Akron, Augusta, Chris Pugh, Columbus Dispatch, Georgia, Jack Nicklaus, Masters, Masters Tournament, Ohio, View From The Pugh, World Series of Golf. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.