Great Time With Some Champions

Oct13-ChampionsTourBlog I just got back from the Champions Tour event in NC.  It was great to see up close many of the players I grew up watching on TV.

I was working with and caddying for Dr. Gil Morgan, now 68 years young and a true gentleman. Gil has won 25 times on the Champions Tour – the only players to have more wins are Hale Irwin and Lee Trevino. Gil also has 27 second place finishes and an astounding 160+ top 10s.

The first day we started off great with 32 on the front 9, then ran into a couple of wayward tee balls and ended up 38 on the back 9. Day 2 was cold and raining, Gil reinjured his hand and had trouble really committing to impact with any shot hit from the rough and also, to a degree, off the wet turf. Day 3 was much warmer and the sunshine resulted in much better ball striking but not much was happening on the greens.

My Overview. Anyone who thinks these guys are playing short easy golf courses are totally off the mark. Pins are tucked, fairways are soft and the greens are fast. I was very impressed with the talent of these men.

They all seem younger and more fit than you see on TV. We got paired with Brian Henninger and Gary Hallberg on day 1, Joey Sindilar and Brad Faxon on day 2 and Tom Kite, Dick Mast on day 3. They were all fine gentleman.

I fired myself as a caddie, its harder than it looks. I will stay with the instructor moniker.

Cheers, Mark.