on Magnolia Greens golf course just outside Leland, N.C.
Buck and Cindy are our friends – before we all moved – we were neighbors back in WNY.
We moved into a house next to them some 36 1/2 years ago and we knew them before that.
I have always known him as BUCK – never called him Bill.
About 15 years ago – he developed non essential tremors – and had a brain operation – where electric probes were implanted – with out them and the control under his skin on his chest – he would not have any control on his right side – arm and leg. The downside to having this implanted – is with it turned on – he loses his clarity on speech –
and has problems with balance. But – he still can golf and handle himself well – I drive – watch his ball –
and we get a handicap flag that allows us to get near his ball so he does not get so tired out.
He is one of my two best friends – the other Jimmy who I played softball with back in the mid ’70’s.
We all are close friends and Dottie – Jim’s wife – I have known as long as Jim.
The three of us grew up in the same small town of Eldred Pa.
Cindy and Buck grew up in Portville N.Y. just across the border and Sherry grew up in Mount Jewett Pa. aboput 35 miles away.
They are right down the middle and anywhere from 130 to 175 yards!
It makes them tough to beat – I golf from the senior tees – and when I get a good drive – it still is about even with them
as they have a advantage from the ladies tees.
Buck – because of his condition – golfs from the same tees as the ladies –
so a lot of the time we use his ball on the scramble –
He can still hit it almost as far as they can.
We play even up – no strokes – and this time out – after 18 holes – Buck and I lost by one stroke!
Their second shots are like the drives – and close to the green – a chip and one putt for par or worse two putt.
Sherry and I just love to play – get out – fresh air – and a lot of laughs.
Cindy has a traveling shot bar!
If we make a birdie – it is shot time – since we make few of them – she switched it to pars! LOL
They pared – we boggied – missed putt – and that was the difference in the 18 hole match!
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So – the plan was made – golf nine – eat dinner and then go home!
We could of stayed with them – but – lugging all the stuff I need – my sleep machine etc. just easier to drive the hour plus drive back to the condo – besides – plenty of more times exist in the future!
We played our scramble format – Buck and me – they played best ball – WE LOST!
Now – we lost two holes to them – one by one stroke and one by two strokes!
We play even up – and we tied the other seven holes.
But – on the hole we lost by one stroke – we parred – they birdied!
On the one we lost by two strokes – they parred and we four putted – just the way it goes!
We have played this format for years and years – we at one time played couples vs couple – then we played mixed couple vs. mixed couple – but the gals challenged us – the other ways split pretty even – this way – THEY WIN!
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