Each year the Lions Club hosts a golf tournament to raise funds for projects that the Magee Lions Club supports, usually involving vision issues.
Because I know the importance of this fund-raiser, I sponsor a team each year. For years it was Les Dickerson, Kent McGown and myself. A few years back Kent was unable to make it so Les suggested getting a ringer by asking my son-in-law, Brooks Baldwin, to play with us. But Brooks had already committed to playing with his dad, Charles Baldwin, so we were out of luck.
I started thinking I really needed a good player to contend with Brooks and I would show him how the crow eats the corn.
I decided to ask his cousin, Stephen Yelverton, to play, the only stipulation being that he could not tell Brooks. Brooks, with dad Charles and brother Zach have walked away winners on a number of occasions. I had money enough to buy a winning team of Les, Stephen and myself. At first, Stephen had prior obligations and would need to check out after the first nine. It was ball season and the kids were playing.
So beforehand I asked Stephen if he could get permission to play the full round. He got the okay from the wife so we booked.
This year our score was a little better. We actually ended up winning the tournament with a 16 under par. I deferred coaching to Stephen and we lit it up.
It seemed that if two players had a bad shot the third person was right on target. The next closest team was my preacher with a 15 under par. I told him if folks found out how good his team was they would accuse him of playing too much golf.
Stephen Yelverton is a natural. We visited Saturday at the One Man Scramble and he told me he was disappointed I had not showered him with accolades for his golfing ability at the Lions Club Tournament. I think he was kidding, but this one goes out to you, Steve-O.
Last weekend was the One Man Scramble. You get two shots on every play. So the smart thing to do is make the first one count and not need to take an extra shot. Otherwise, it would be the equivalent of playing 36 holes of golf. After day one I was in third place in the last flight, which was fine with me. Two strokes separated me from first on one from second.
The initial plan was to tee off at 8 a.m. I had gotten permission from Dr. Rudy to do an outreach at the course so I would not be counted absent from church. I needed it and he agreed. But by 8 a.m. it was raining hard so we postponed tee time to 12:30. This gave me a chance to get to Brotherhood as well as Sunday School, which I did.
It was 12:30, and I was so sore I was hoping they would call the tournament. No such luck.
I watched my third place position quickly dwindle further and further down the listing. It was close to 5:30 when we wrapped it up. The second day of scoring was not as good as the first but that is okay.
A bunch of us were able to get together and have a good time and have a chance to play with different folks than normal. So it was a win after all.