Wells Fargo Pro-Am
May 4, 2011
| Arnie and I go way back. I was born and raised in Denver,
Colorado and can remember when he first hit the big time winning the
U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club on the other side of the tracks.
I was caddying for my father and the parish priest, so had a bit of
interest in the sport. I was 13 years old and can still remember
watching the tournament on a black&white TV.
The first time I marched in Arnie's Army was in the
early 70's when I moved to Charlotte. Arnie owned a home on the 15th
fairway at Quail Hollow and had a Cadillac dealership in town, so he
played the Kemper Open every year. I preferred the relaxed atmosphere of
the Pro-Am and can't count the times I followed him around that course.
In 2001 I marched with Arnie at the Home Depot
tournament on the Senior's Tour at Piper Glen in Charlotte. That turned
out to be his last public golf tournament.
When it was announced that he was going to play in
the WellsFargo Pro-Am, I immediately bought tickets and started setting
up my camera. He had already played a Pro-Am at Bay Hill which he owns
in Florida. The WellsFargo was his only other tournament. I knew this
was most likely my final march with the man.
At 82, Arnie was allowed to ride in a golf cart
and I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up with him, so chose my holes
that I would shoot and arrived in time to pick my spot before the rest
of the Army showed up.
My main goal was to get a great 8x10 for my
office. So I didn't spend a lot of time shooting other golfers, but here
are some shots of Arnie, Rory McIlroy, Robert Allenby, Sam Saunders,
Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, and Rory Sabattini. Also there are shots
of celebrities Jimmie Johnson, Dan Marino, John Elway and former
Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory.
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