As of this publication, I'm in Nashville, Tenn., on vacation doing who knows what.
It more than likely involves country music, moonshine and antiquing, but strangely enough, no golf. Didn't even bring the clubs, even though I hear Tennessee has some fine courses.
Being on vacation, however, won't stop me from cranking out my summer golf column. You may recall the last few weeks I asked who would round out your fantasy foursome. The response was luke-warm, but it's better than nothing.
I'll get the ball rolling with an eclectic group of my late father, Wayne; Tiger Woods; and Jimmy Buffett.
My dad, who died in 2005, was a charter member at Shady Oaks Country Club near Amboy, and provided his family with every opportunity to enjoy the game. Dad wasn't a great golfer, but he got me started.
Tiger – it would just be so cool to see him play up close. Yeah, he's no saint off the course, but on it, arguably nobody played the sport better.
Jimmy – he's been my favorite musician since I was in high school, as the 50 or so times I've seen him in concert would attest. The laid-back crooner would just be fun to hang with for a round, drink a few soda pops along the way, and maybe, just maybe, he'd float me some backstage passes.
Richard Vivian of Dixon would like to round out his foursome with Lee Trevino, Gary Player and Chi Chi Rodriguez. His reason: "Not because they were all great players, but because they all seem willing to share insights and tips on the golf swing. They would also keep you entertained the whole round."
The Rev. Charles E. Steinke of Sterling would add his two brothers, as well as Jack Nicklaus. "When the three of us would play, the middle brother always beat the two of us. Myself and my younger brother were only average golfers, but our middle brother had a low handicap. We always had fun. We played at Hunter Country Club in Richmond and Plum Tree Country Club in Harvard."
Pat Lessner of Dixon provided three names, all of them giants in the golf world: Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan and Francis Ouimet. Ouimet won the 1913 United States Open as an amateur.