Sunday, October 10, 2010
The McGladrey Classic
Saturday, Patrick nabbed a couple of free tickets for the McGladrey Classic, a new event on the fall PGA tour. While I have been in Sea Island's Lodge (see above photo), I'd never set foot on one of the golf courses. I've only been to one other PGA event, the Heritage Classic on Hilton Head, so this was a real treat for me.
1. The weather = perfect. Couldn't have been better. Honestly, that picture above - that's how it looked. Blue skies, sunshine, slight breeze.
2. The fans. I've been to more than my share of sporting events, but golf is like no other. What other professional sporting event has a crowd of several hundred people who become silent because some guy inside the ropes wearing a polo shirt raises his hands? We joined the very large group following our local hero, Davis Love III. Despite the jockeying for a nice vantage point, you never saw anyone being pushy, rude or cross. Lovely, golf fans are lovely.
3. The pros. What other sporting event do you get to be so close you could touch the celebrities you are there to watch? Matt Kuchar, the pro Davis was paired with,was genuinely kind to the fans. He gave an autographed ball to a young boy after sinking a putt on the 5th hole, and he signed autographs after he finished his round. He looked fans in the eye, acknowledging that we existed. Kuchar is this year's leading money winner on the tour. I can't picture the highest paid player in any other sport chatting with fans and signing caps after they have put in a full day's work.
4. The venue. I'm not even going to try to describe it. Nathan Green, the pro that was in the foursome Kevin caddied for in the pro-am on Wednesday, said the course was nicer than some other places that host PGA events.
5. The company. I spent five wonderful hours with my dear husband. What a fabulous way to spend an October Saturday. I'd post a picture of us...but no such thing exists. The list of forbidden items was long and included cell phones and cameras, so you'll just have to take my word that we were actually there.