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Friday, September 15, 2006

Inside Scoop on Vijay and JD

Last September, my wife and I spent a few days at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, which is an over-the-top resort about 90 minutes southeast of Pittsburgh. It's also where the pros are playing the 84 Lumber Classic this weekend.

There are three separate hotels on the grounds. The newest and fanciest one is called Falling Rock, and it was designed by one of Frank Lloyd Wright's proteges. We had dinner over there one night, and the waiter was eager to give us the skinny on the Tour players who frequent the tournament.

I asked him about John Daly, who is sponsored by 84 Lumber and a good pal of the company's founder, Joe Hardy. Usually you'd expect waiters to be discreet, but not this guy. He told us a story about how JD would get hammered and drive around the grounds in a golf cart with a bottle of booze in one hand and the steering wheel in the other. He took his antics a little too far one night when he drove the cart right through the lobby of the hotel and into the restaurant. He was out of booze and was hoping the bar could hook him up, which they did. Not surprisingly, they took away his cart.

The waiter said that most of the pros are pretty cool, but most of them don't say too much to staff. The one guy who stood out as a "true gentleman" was Vijay Singh. This guy couldn't say enough nice things about him. He said Vij is super polite, always talks to the staff like they're real people, etc. It was good to hear that about Singh, as that's not always the way he's portrayed in the media.


Blogger JTALIFER said...

That is the best story ever~! I love JD even more than Andy Bean. Although, I believe I can top that story. During my freshman year at Westlake High, Mark Buntz was working the snack bar at Westlake Golf Course. It was a Friday and it was pouring rain. Mark decided it would be a good idea to steal a 6 pack and drink it out on the course somewhere. We grabbed a cart and headed off in to the rainy night. After a beer and a half each, we were bombed and Mark was driving the cart. We decided to jump a bunker on hole # 2 (the par three). We forgot that there was a big lake just on the other side and WHAMMY!!!, we landed in the water and the watched the cart slowly sink to its demise. Two weeks later we had heard that they found the sunken cart and it was a total loss. Oh! the good ol days.

1:44 PM  
Blogger John Gorman said...

The Talifer Legend just keeps growing with every story. You and JD should get together sometime and swap golf/drinking catastrophes.

Tali - are you going to come out to the Ocean City Gorman Brothers Invitational this year? It looks like it'll be April 27-29.

3:08 PM  

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