My Grandfather Passed Away
On Easter Sunday, my grandfather -- I called him Pop -- passed away. He was the man who taught me how to golf. (He, himself, was incredibly good at golf).
I'm not really sure why I'm posting this thread, but I felt like it should be posted - so, even if it is "my" golf world of GolfWRX, then someone in the golf world would be aware.
I will be forever thankful for him showing me more love than I thought possible. And teaching me golf. Without him, I would have never bothered continuing to golf in college and still today.
I remember having in my hands at 3 or 4 years old a putter far too big for me, and my Pop who, like only a grandfather could, came behind me and placed his own (giant to me) hands over mine, patiently showing me how to make a most gentle putting stroke.
The best golf story I have about my Pop, and it's a pretty cool one -- In the late 90's, he won a sweepstakes for an all-expense paid trip to Florida to play golf with none other than Greg Norman, who was #1 in the world at the time. He described it as incredible, watching play beyond what one thought possible. After their round, Greg Norman signed a photo for my Pop ("Warren -- Thanks for playing the game") - and it was a photo that my Pop displayed proudly on his dresser for decades. He was so proud and happy that he got to play with Greg Norman - and would tell anyone about it that he could, and the best part is of course that people were genuinely excited to hear his stories.
After he passed away, I got in touch with Cobra Golf, whose clubs my Pop played (because of Greg Norman) for his entire golfing life. I have huge, huge thanks and props to them - I was able to get something very, very special from Cobra. They said they wanted to thank my Pop for his lifelong support of their players/equipment.
My Pop's bag will be on display (along with the signed photo from Greg Norman) at his funeral. In it is a putter from the PLOP company. My Pop's PLOP is an extremely special, "Tour Only" version that was the actual backup putter of a Masters and The Open Champion.
A man most deserving of his name on a staff bag, if I ever knew one:
My grandfather also loved Arnold Palmer -- I imagine he's had the chance to get a round or two in with the King, too.
Fairways and Greens forever, Pop.
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