By David Owen
We had 30 guys on Sunday, which was both Father’s Day and the final round of the U.S. Open. Thirty is a record for us, so we took a photo:
We chose teams the way we always do, by drawing numbered poker chips from a hat, but we had only 24 chips, so we had to fudge things. That evening, at home, Rick made us 6 more.
I was on the lookout for guys who hadn’t been able to play because it was Father’s Day -- a sore point for me -- but according to my informal investigation there was only one: young Dr. Mike, who was said to be absent for reasons related not only to Father’s Day but also to his wife and tennis. Reese and Addison weren’t there, either, but they (along with Addison’s brother, Harris, who works in the golf shop part-time) were in Pittsburgh visiting their father/grandfather, also Reese, who is 92. He can’t play anymore, but he rode in the cart while his son and grandsons played, so no one missed any golf:
Addison and Harris’s other grandfather is also a golfer. In fact, he was the No. 1 player on the golf team at Wake Forest at a time when the No. 2 player was Arnold Palmer. His name is Ray, and he still plays. Here's what he looked like in his prime:
Because Sunday was the final day of a major, the Sunday Morning Group used the scorecard from the course where the major was being played, Pinehurst, instead of our own. I won a skin on No. 18 because on the Pinehurst card I get a stroke on that hole, and the stroke turned my miracle eagle (approach shot into the hole) into a miracle net hole-in-one.
So good for me. (Pinehurst, like a number of clubs, assigns handicap stroke indexes in a dumb way, and I will write about that at some point.) This coming Sunday, we’ll be back to using our very own, brand-new Sunday Morning Group scorecard. It was designed mainly by Hacker (real name). Here he is, studying a proof:
Our new card is much smaller than our old card -- just 3.25 by 5 inches once it’s folded in half -- but it has enough spaces for a tensome, or for a fivesome playing five simultaneous games:
The cards were created for us by PrintWorks, a small graphic-design and printing shop in the next town. This is Doug, who runs the shop with his mother. He cheerfully put up with dozens of picky last-minute design changes:
Doug gave us such a good deal on our scorecards that everyone who reads this should be sure to have something printed at PrintWorks this year, to ensure that they’ll still be in business the next time we need scorecards, business cards, letterheads, envelopes, flyers, brochures, posters, postcards, or any of the other stuff they specialize in. (Doug also printed waterproof scorecards for us, for rainy days, and I’ll tell you about those soon.) Our new scorecards have our rules printed right on the back, for easy reference:
Incidentally, that record score, at the bottom of the card, is nine over par net. No one in SMG history has ever played worse.