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    William Welch

    So what are some of your favorite memories from years past?? Mine would have to be in 2006 third round at Possum Trot. During the course of the round there was mention that somebody from the flight drove their cart into one of the ponds but we weren’t sure who. As the round was ending and we got back to the clubhouse we still didn’t know. It took around 10 minutes until someone saw him and pointed him out. It was the guy I rode with on the first day!! I think around 40 guys hung around after with him as he told the story. A local told us he was lucky cause that pond he fell into was a favorite for the gators and snakes!! Possum Trot was very helpful getting him out quick. They even gave him a new outfit and he finished the round!! We stayed for around 4 hours and drank the clubhouse out of beer. The next day at Glen Dornoch a few guys presented him with a snorkle and goggles and flippers. I’m sure that helped because Hurricane Ernesto was coming through and we got called off after 7-8 holes. The fun we had that year is one of the reasons I keep coming back!! I still room with my friend Scott who I met that year. Anyone who remembers being in that flight would probably agree that it was the best flight they ever were in.

    Tony Robison

    Getting so tanked at Cypress Bay on wine coolers that the cart girl had to drive my car to meet my friend at another golf course (Late 80’s)

    Mike Sigmon

    Dang William that might be hard to top for sure…I guess My ace in 2019 at Crown Park G.C. on hole 13 is one of many memories for me…Another one I think 2014 missed winning the flight or tied for 1st by 1 shot another buddy wanted to go to True Blue and play in the in the skins game had a 2 on a par 4 only gross skin out nice payday…

    Tom McCain

    Shooting a gross 80 at Tigers Eye (best score of my life ever) in 2007. The par 4 eagle a few years ago that won a skin. Getting my a** handed to me every year at the pool table by Ewa Mataya Laurance. My late buddy Lou Guerrete who let me stay at his house for years during the event. Sure miss my friend. And lots of friends I’ve made from around the country that I get to see every year.

    clyde anderson

    William, there are still a few of us left. We all stay at the convention center now, come by before or after the 19th hole, we will be the loud ones in the bar

    Louie Phipps

    I’ll jump in here with my favorite memory. I think I’ve told it several dozen times over the years. I played in my first World Am in 1998 and this year will be my 25th time. This story happened in 2014…
    I was in one of the super senior flights and we played Tradition the last day. For the first time, I was in the top 8 the last day and got to play with the leaders. There are 2 people in the cast of characters. The “driver” is the fellow driving my cart and the “cheater” is the passenger in the other cart. Upon arrival the driver and I got to our cart about the same time and this player in a cart beside us told us to watch out for a certain player that was playing with us (the cheater). This player said he played with him one day in the tournament and he was called down for cheating several times during the round. He said we really needed to keep a close eye on him.

    Well, the driver felt that he was the perfect man for the job. On the very first tee, the cheater hit his drive into a fairway bunker. The driver makes it a point to ride over there to observe him. Sure enough, when we arrived you could see the clubhead on a fairway wood moving in the vicinity of the ball. The driver yelled out “you can’t move a ball in the bunker..!!”, to which the cheater yelled back “I’m not moving the ball”. The cheater hits his second shot into some bushes to the right of the first green. Both carts drive to that area and all of us (except the cheater) begin looking for the ball. After a few minutes we cannot find the ball and as we walk back to our carts, the cheater is sitting in his cart and had been the entire time we were looking for his ball. As we sat down in our carts, he gets out and begins his own search. The driver immediately follows him to watch what he does. The ball was not found and the cheater had to reluctantly play the shot over.

    We had a couple of minor issues before we got to our 6th tee box of the morning. This was a par 3 with a pretty large pond on the right of the green. The cheater missed his tee shot to the right and it came to rest in some grass right on the edge of a bank above the water. His ball was inside the red hazard line, but the ball could be played. The cheater walks over to his ball while the driver is keeping a close eye on him and he immediately grounds his club behind the ball. The driver tells the cheater that he can’t ground his club in a hazard. The cheater yells back that he is not grounding his club and proceeds to hit his ball on the green and then 2-putts for a bogey.

    When we get back to the carts the driver is asking for everyone’s score and the cheater says he had a 4. The driver told him he actually had a 6 because he incurred a 2-shot penalty for grounding his club in the hazard. At that time the cheater just went ballistic. He and the driver are trading insults to the hilt. Finally the driver said something to cause the cheater to get into the driver’s personal space and said the magic words…”what are you going to do about it”. Well, the driver just reached back and caught the cheater in his jaw with a pretty good right hook. All of a sudden, I have two 70+ year old men wrestling with each other on the ground. I finally convinced them to quit and they got back in their respective carts. About that time the driver of the other cart returned from the restroom and had no idea what had been going on. We drove on to the next tee box and the cheater never got out of the cart, just rode on in to the clubhouse after the 9th hole, where he promptly took his clubs to the car and left. Oh yeah, the driver of the other cart….he wound up winning the flight.

    Rick Kimbrell

    Probably most memorable experience relates to a player many knew as “money bags”. He no longer plays in the WA. He owned a SOB business in Charlotte. I was paired with him several times thru the years but the last time was one for the books. We are playing Diamond Back and we started on hole #2. On hole 5 or 6 the cart girl comes by and he gets 3 miniature bottles of Crown Royal and gives the cart girl a $50 tip and says “don’t stay too far away from us”. She returns several more times.
    We get to hole 17 and he walks over to the woods to relieve himself. When he returns, his zipper is down, his shirt tail is pulled out of his shorts thru the zipper and he has peed all over himself. Now, he tees up his ball swings and hits the ball into the cart front passenger pocket…with a player sitting in the cart.
    When we finish playing 18 and are headed to #1, he tells me to take him to his car where his hired driver has been sitting all day waiting on him to finish. He unloads and WDs from the tournament.
    I turn the cart in and count his empties. There were 14 empty miniature bottles in the cart.
    I have several other stories about this same guy but this one is the one that comes to mind every year when I search for him in the player list just to see if he was coming back. Actually, he was, or could be, a really good player.


    One of my fondest memories was back in 2012 the 1st time I had ever made it to the finals. Our Thursday round was at Diamondback and I was tied 1st with a guy called Paul.W who had mentioned if we end up tied at the end of the day we would both advance to the finals. Giving it no thought I just tried to play my own game And you really don’t know what the rest of the field is doing behind you Well on hole 17 we were still tied and I missed a short putt he then did he same thing in what I thought was deliberate so we would stay even.
    This kind of upset me because I didn’t want to win that way. We then came to the 18th hole and I ripped the drive down the middle but Paul pull hooks into the Bush. This made me feel pretty bad as he had to chip it backwards about 30 yd into play and play his 3rd sttoke 60 yd behind my drive. Now I’m feeling really Bad His 3rd shot was incredible it landed 1″ from the hole for a tapping par. Damn LOL. I’m thinking now I have to hit the green and 2 putt just to tie him. Fortunatly I did and as a result both of us went through to the finals. Now this is the best part when we got to the finals which was being played at TPC we were paired with Roger Clemens (The Rocket) had a fantastic day and he was such a super super nice guy signed a flag and a shirt and a hat and a golf card it will be a day that I will remember

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