“It hit 90 and I said, ‘Wow,’ it’s almost here,” Robinson says. “It’s like it’s ticking down five at a time now instead of one.”
Robinson is making an early morning tour of the course on the second day of spring, dressed in layers and warm gloves as the sun rises above the horizon and begins boosting the 35-degree temperature. All golf superintendents are slaves to the 10-day weather forecast, and Robinson winces a little at the specter of a couple of upper-20 degree nights forecast for the following week.
Zachary shared their newest video with us Thursday morning, and as you can see, they made things a little tougher on themselves, adding a friend and a bench in between the two shots. And it’s a longer shot. We agree with Eric – this is indeed cool.
A little more about the kids. They are high school juniors and met as freshmen at Alhambra High School in Martinez, Calif. AND GET THIS: Zachary (second shot) has only been playing golf for abouttwo years! Eric (first shot) has been playing for 6-8, he says.
The world of sports is full of riveting and emotional breakthrough stories.
Golf – and Pinehurst – are no different.
Quarterback John Elway finally won his first Super Bowl at the age of 37 in 1998. North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith had been to six Final Fours without a title before winning the grand prize in 1982, and the Boston Red Sox ended an 86-year World Series drought by beating St. Louis in 2004.
“(Hogan) was walking around the golf course like a volcano on the verge of eruption.” – Gene Gregston
The feelings of Elway aptly summed up years of frustration they and many others have felt: “You wonder if you’re going to run out of years. But fortunately, I hung on.”
And when Ben Hogan came to Pinehurst in 1940, he was barely hanging on.