Golf legend shows Powers how it's done

BILLY POWERS

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It's a deal I will remember forever, although at my age, my forever's are getting shorter by the day.

It was last Sunday in Banff for only the second annual Hall of Fame golf tournament of the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

And for some reason, I was the lone media member in attendance.

But there I was hob knobbing and schmoozing with the likes of Marilyn O'Connor, Bob Wylie, Keith Alexander and Doug Silverberg, all Hall of Fame members from the city of Calgary -- some might say the royalty of the game around here. Other members taking part were Sandra Post and Gary Cowan.

And before we got to play golf, I cornered most and wondered what might have been a highlight from their amazing careers in the game of golf.

For Silverberg, or Moose as we knew him in the glory days, he said it was "team victories. Like sinking the winning putt to win the Commonwealth matches for Canada in 1971 in New Zealand and the America's team win in 1965."

Wylie, who took a run at the PGA tour in the 1950s before getting reinstated as an amateur, picked the first world amateur team he made in 1960 and remembered "hitting off the first tee with all the different flags flying while they played O Canada."

For Alexander, who we called the 'Splendid Splinter' way back when, it was a bit different.

He remembered "teeing it off the first tee at the Masters in 1971 with Byron Nelson, probably the finest gentleman the game ever knew. He tried to make a very nervous guy relax and worried more about my game than his."

O'Connor said "playing internationally for Canada a number of times and winning a Canadian championship in 1985 while having a young family."

For Post it was "winning the LPGA championship in 1968 because it was a major and I was a rookie, plus winning back-to-back Dinah Shore events in 1978 and 79."

I can guarantee a Post highlight down the line won't be having had to put up with me for 18 holes at the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs on one perfect day for golf.

Post, who I first met when she was a teenager playing in Calgary's first Ladies Professional Golfer's Association event more than 40 years ago at Willow Park, must have drawn the short straw to get paired with me that day.

Rounding out the foursome were Diane Williams of Canyon Meadows and Scotland's Pamela Williamson. And while Post and I got smoked in the money department, I can tell you it was one of the most enjoyable rounds of the season.

And that's even with each of the women out-driving me by 50 or more yards on almost every hole, with Post as a former pro, the other two preparing for the upcoming Canadian seniors championship in Saskatchewan.

Post was using rental clubs until she found my Callaway Big Bertha 11 in my golf bag.

After that, she was popping them 75 to a 100 yards over my ball, and hitting from the same tee, I humbly add. But said she has a driver at home in Ontario that can get 25 to 30 yards more than that.

She told us she got the driver from former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington while visiting a good friend in Florida who now lives in Lucille Ball's old home down there.

Post was a tour player for 17 years and made a lot of money doing it. Today she keeps involved in the game with a golf club line, teaching , and of course, doing television work like covering the CN Canadian Women's Open this week in Edmonton for Sportsnet.

Anyway, for me it was a five-hour free lesson from maybe the best female golfer Canada has ever produced.

And like I said at the outset -- it's something that will never be forgotten.

Until next week.


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