Do You Know Who These Men Are?

19 September 2011

   Okay, all you 40-something year olds and older….do you know who these two men are?  Tyler was invited to Soldier Hollow last week to a dinner/fundraiser up there.  The keynote speakers were…Johnny Miller and Billy Casper.  When I told Tyler all about it, he said, “Who’s that?”  Wow, I didn’t even like golf back then, and I know who they are.  I feel old.  Johnny Miller and Billy Casper were amazing golfers back in the seventies and eighties – right up there with Jack and Arnold.  In fact, I believe Johnny Miller beat Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino in the U.S. Open in 1973.  So, you get the picture – great golfers!

     Anyway, Tyler was the guest of honor at this banquet – pretty cool!  Darren was out of town and I felt like it would mean more to Coach Jenkins, who has been so great with Tyler, so I sent them up there to the dinner.  They had hors d’oeuvres, prime rib and salmon for dinner – pretty swanky.  While Billy Casper was speaking, he called Tyler up to the front of the room with him and had him give a short little speech on “F2TF – Fight to the Finish” and what it meant to him, both in golf, and in life.  I’m told Tyler gave a great little speech – maybe the beginning of a new career for him!  Billy Casper was so touched, he was crying and kissed Tyler right on the top of his little bald head! 

   The boys sat at the table with Ron Boone and compared bald heads – I think Tyler finally has more hair than him!  They got to rub shoulders all night with famous people and had a wonderful time!  Thanks Coach Jenkins for taking them up there and taking such good care of them! 

   Ty continues to feel pretty good.  He still has his days of nausea and sickness, but it doesn’t last too long and he’s back ready to go.  He’s back to school for a half-day – he is taking online classes in the afternoon. 

   We are looking forward to this week where Taylor comes home from his mission and our family can be together again.  I have been waiting for this day for a long time!  This is going to be a great week!

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