As some of you may know, I’ve just returned from my annual golf trip to visit my cousin, Peter in Florida. As someone who loves golf, winter is not my favorite season of the year, which makes my pilgrimage to warmer climates all the more enjoyable. Waking up on the day of my departure is like Christmas morning. There is no doubt, that I have a little pep in my step. I won’t bore you with the mundane routine of my arrival, but eventually story telling over dinner about the past year and all it held. Not even finished with our first beers, Peter had closed me out like he was Tiger Woods and I was Vijay Singh.
Peter travels regularly and so his stories are varied. In this particular scene, he found himself at yet another restaurant, in another city. As an avid reader, Peter broke out a book on loan from a friend that detailed the mental management of golf. He was entirely unprepared for the literal contents of this book for about halfway through his dinner, Peter was fully immersed in learning how to control his frustration on the golf course, when a scorecard from Augusta National fell from the book’s pages. Why he hadn’t noticed something was in the book in the first place is another story. I would attribute such negligence to perhaps a few cocktails, but my cousin’s drinking habits are not part of this story.
The scorecard however, is very much the story since this was not just a random scorecard from the famed and second greatest course in America as rated by Golf Digest. This particular scorecard was signed by none other than BEN HOGAN, GENE SARAZEN, and GARY PLAYER! Needless to say, Peter could not believe what he had just found, but after little deliberation, he decided to call the book’s owner, Buzz. “Hello,” Buzz answered to which my cousin said, “How much for you to have your scorecard back?”
So remember two things: take care of your precious memorabilia and read a book. One never knows what they might find.