My brother-in-law Mel lives on a golf course in South Texas.

Once upon a time he was semi-engaged to a woman who played golf, mostly at a family owned course.

Neither she nor golf worked out for him, and now he doesn’t play at all.

He also has a boat but doesn’t seem to fish anymore — but who cares about that?

My BIL Mark also doesn’t play golf or fish, but he’s building a marina up near Lake LBJ.

So, when he emailed to say he’ll be sitting at the 17th hole at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio this week, I felt like I’d been Tasered.

He already makes as good a margarita as one can find; if he and Cindy take up the game, they could become the perfect in-laws.

I told you that to tell you this: The Shell Houston Open begins Monday.

Non-golfers who enjoy watching golf on TV are encouraged to attend the SHO on Pro-Am days when the players are really accessible and relaxed and cameras are allowed.

Life and golf

SHO defending champion D.A. Points was recently in town for a media event leading up to the tournament.

It was a Monday morning, the day after his final round at Doral in Miami.

He drove home to Orlando on Sunday night, caught a 5:30 a.m. flight to Houston, did the media thing — and was trying to make a 1p.m. flight back to Florida.

Winning millions of dollars does not come without sacrifice.

At the media event, I was introduced to Clay Scott, a top volunteer to the SHO who is never far from SHO Communications Director Burt Darden.

When he said his dad had been a highway patrolman stationed in the LaMarque area back in the 1960s, fond memories of Roy D. Scott flooded my brain.

Roy was a credit to the DPS and one of the funniest pranksters you’d ever want to meet. It’s a small world after all.

Be safe, on and off the course.

Gean Leonard is a columnist for The Daily News and can be reached at

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