gettingtoknowyouThere’s an age-old golf adage that says you need only play 18 holes with someone to know who they really are.  Sometimes it doesn’t even take that long.

RAY:  I didn’t know Ray from Adam when we first played, but I found out everything I needed to know on the 6th hole when his perfectly struck drive wound up in a divot.  His friend saw his awful lie and told him to roll it out of the hole (gracious, but against the rules).  Ray didn’t say “no” or “no thanks,” he said “Never!”  That one word, so adamantly expressed, told me so much about Ray:  he’s honest, he plays by the rules, and he doesn’t have a sense of entitlement when things go wrong. Needless to say, I love spending time with Ray.

KEN:  I was paired with Ken at a public course in California.  “I’m not one for rules,” he explained, when he played from the Back Tees that were closed.  He then proceeded to take  Mulligans and 4-foot gimmes, roll it out of every bad lie, etc.  He drove his cart past “no carts” signs, he drove right next to tee boxes and greens and he didn’t repair one divot or ball mark.  And the kicker?  After we finished, he said, “This course is in horrible shape!”

Where was Ray when I needed him?