Needless to say, it was an intriguing group. Me, battling hook and trying to hold my game together with duct tape; Rube, carrying a quiver bag and seven clubs; Weeks, with his easy fade off the tee; and Ian, whose game was better than I recalled.
Interestingly, it was hardly a competitive outing. We walked, played quickly and told stories. Mainly it involved me listening to Lorne’s tales of interviews with Montgomerie (“Who are you again? You’re not out here much, are you?” Monty once asked Lorne after a probing question), as well as some industry gossip about golf courses and golf pros. Of course there was also the talk of Canadian tour pros. All of us agreed that Stephen Ames’ newfound ease with the media is remarkable — especially considering Weeks, while doing a TV spot, said he once asked Stephen about what he was looking forward to the following his round, and Ames grabbed the mike and said, “Yes, dinner.”
“But that was the old Stephen,” Weeks said.
Now Ames is a go to guy for the U.S. media who like his quick quotes and honesty. Quite a change.
Overall, the experience was intriguing. I remember when I first started into golf writing a decade ago that I couldn’t get Bob to return my calls and would never have envisioned myself playing golf with Lorne.
As far as I know, no one kept score. There were a couple of birdies (Lorne had one from off the 5th green, Ian had one on 9 and I made one on the short par four 12th), but it was more of a social game.
However, my favourite discussion involved why Rod Black shaved his mustache. Apparently while covering the Jays and the Yankees, a ball was hit back into the booth where Black and Pat Tabler were calling the game. The Yankees broadcaster said something to the extent of: “There is former Blue Jay Pat Tabler, who is now doing colour commentary for the Jays, and who is that next to him? Why it is Ron Burgundy.” So Black shaved the ‘stache. I’ve met Rod on a number of occasions and he’s always been very pleasant. But that’s a damned funny story.
Oh, and I really, really like Maple Downs. I’ve yet to do a review, but it is an intriguing course with great land built at a time (the late 1950s) that turned out to be a wasteland for Canadian golf design. It has neat rolling fairways, a couple of cool and funky blind shots and a great mix of holes. Good fun.
Separated at birth?