Golfers love their pets. I think that in most households, the arrival of a new pet comes with a mixture of excitement and anxiety.

At my house, it was no different when Greg arrived. More on Greg in a minute. We worry about our new pets. Will birds of prey take the fish from the pond to enjoy a fresh breakfast? Will the goldfish end up the star of a funeral flush? Will the cat torment everyone in the house, plus the furniture and the hamster? Will the new boa devour the neighbor’s poodle? You get the picture.

Greg is settling in nicely. He is not so tall and only weighs a couple of pounds. He will gain weight as he nibbles on things both allowed and forbidden. Right now, he scurries about the house bumping into closed doors, scaring himself when entangled among table legs.

My bride is training him, or maybe he is training her. Regardless, they seem to be bonding. Greg is already pretty good at the “stay” command — most of the time. He runs full tilt until he just runs himself nearly out, but can already find his way to his bed, or dock, where it is easy to tell when his batteries are re-charged.

Greg is a robot floor sweeper. Specifically, he is a Shark Ninja. Thus, the name Greg — as in Greg Norman. Hey, this is a golf column, remember?


Golfer or not, most of us are ready for some sunshine. Last week at the District 22-5A District Preview tournament at Moody Gardens Golf Course, Texas City Stingaree Nate Brooks weathered conditions but did not wither, winning the boys division. Santa Fe’s Jared Brown and Ball High’s Bailey Premirelli tied for second place. Santa Fe’s Camden Greenough, Michael Moore, Eric Grady and Bailey Link all finished in the top 10, along with Friendswood Mustangs’ Zach Brown, Nathan Grissom, Jake Burke and Adam Genzer.

Friendswood Lady Mustang Heidi Demel won the girls division by five shots over Texas City Lady Stingaree Aerica Moya and the rest of the field. Friendswood’s Hannah Johnston was in third place.


In a reduced field senior scramble at Bayou Golf Club last week, the three (usually four) man team of Ronnie Oliver, Charlie Campbell and Penny Perez paddled their way to a 65 for a one stroke win over Henry Garza, Mike Reinshmitt and Dick Orweiller.

The Thursday Cash Game at Moody Gardens was a boatload of fun for Justin McKay, whose 69 hooked him a win for low gross score. Justin Cann (71), Jim Muntzel (72) and Frank Bohn (73) were ducks in a row for low net honors.


The world of sports — especially golf — has lost a legendary observer, writer and raconteur: Dan Jenkins. Golf fan or not, sports fan or not, if you have never read one of his many books, pick one and prepare to wish you had discovered him sooner.

For the golf traditionalist, I recommend “The Hogan Mystique.” For the average weekend degenerate hacker, “Dead Solid Perfect” is a good place to start. Come football season, pick up a copy of “Semi-Tough” to read during halftime.

Jenkins was 89, same as the number worn by Mike Ditka during his days with the Chicago Bears. Ditka was more than semi-tough. He attempted to get good enough to play the Senior Tour (now Champions) after leaving football. Golf won. There is a Jenkins-Ditka-football-golf logical connection in there, somewhere.

Be safe, on and off the course.

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