October 30 2009
Bobby Wilson, the 53 year old Texan who worked with me at Mad River Golf Club late in the past century, was the first competitor to reach the Finals of all three long driving divisions, the Open (flat bellies all); the Senior (45 – 50) and Super Senior (over 50 -what’s super about that?).
Bobby won the Senior and the Super Senior divisions and only missed out on the Open Championship by a mere 10 yards (to a 21 year old Jaime Sadowski). Billy-Bob hit it 374 yards and Jaime measured 384. Shouldn’t 32 years difference be worth a ten yard handicap? Bobby wouldn’t want one.
What an accomplishment for Bobby (and his family)! We worked together for over 20 years while doing corporate golf outings for Mike Smith and his Swingtime Golf Company. Often we were joined by the Shed (Mark Evershed) and Chuck Shields and up to 15 other US pros. Bobby always could hit the really long ball (his knick name has been “long balls” since the first time he wore shorts) and I always found him to also be a great putter. His problem, and why he couldn’t make the move to being a tour player – his normal wedge was difficult to finesse. Really, how do you feather it from 150 if your wedge goes 190. When I invited him to spend a summer at Mad River I originally thought it might be what he needed to go from being the longest to the more complete player, capable of being the best on tour!
In 1995 I introduced Bobby to Moe Norman and they did a few clinics for Gary Menaul and LYNX GOLF. It was the “Longest and the Straightest” and what I remember most about it was how much Moe enjoyed working with Bobby. They were awesome together.
Lots of great memories flashing past, from Puerto Rico to Hawaii, Kiawah, Pebble, Doral, we’ve played so many places. Congratulation Pro Bobby!
ESPN will reveal all on December 20 and 25 (and every week for all of 2010).
the longest and the straightest 1995 Thanks to Bruce Crane!