Today I had the Extraordinary Pleasure of another round with Mr. Bob Dickson at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course. As before, we were first off the tee shortly after 7 am, just the two of us.
Mr. Dickson, USGA Amateur & British Amateur Champion in 1967 ( a rare double), is 68 years young, and a threat to shoot his age at any moment. He again showed his love of the game, gentleman’s qualities, deep knowledge of golf history, inquisitive sense of modern technology and engineering solutions, and of course, his robust sense of humor. 3 hours with him on the golf course, and more time in the clubhouse afterwards, is a treat to savor.
Mr. Dickson struck the ball beautifully, and putted phenomenally well, with his 20 degree Black Hawk. When we reached the 15th hole, I expressed that he was due for some birdies. He’d already made several… but should have made more… problem was, the greens had been recently aerated and were top-dressed, so making putts of any length were more difficult than usual on the small sloping greens at TPC.
Of course, Mr. Dickson rose to the challenge, and proceeded to birdie 15 (brutally hard par 4), 16 (the famous par 5 along the water, and the pin was tucked near water’s edge), 17 (a hole that needs no description from me), and 18.
Four birdies in a row. From the Blue tees. With tough conditions. It was a joy to watch.
Afterward, Mr. Dickson said some very kind words to me that will make me smile for a long time…
“David, you get me all charged up about golf again. Not only is the putter the best and so much fun, but what you say about putting and golf is so positive, that just being on the course with you gets me excited about golf again… well, thank you.”
Thank you Mr. Dickson. Are you sure you won’t go back and play Champions Tour golf? I’d love to see it.