Those who know me best know how much I look forward to the second weekend in April and all that Masters Week entails. My three favorite golf shots of the year (although in 2016 there were only two) are when Mr. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player officially start the Masters Tournament. For the past two years I have witnessed up close three other tee shots that are every bit as important to me as the three struck by those legends of the game. Starting in 2015 we began our own tradition at the Ranken Jordan golf tournament by having 3 of our legends hit honorary tee shots to start the tournament. This year the our starters were Sam Ward, Drew Hessler, and May Reynoso. Instead of doing an inadequate job of explaining how incredible this ceremony was, please watch this short news story by Frank Cusumano of KSDK-TV5 (NBC) here in St. Louis: Ranken Jordan Honorary Starters.
|Drew Hessler preparing to hit his tee shot to start the golf tournament.|
|Sam Ward finishing his pre-shot routine before ripping his tee shot down the middle|
|May once again knocking her approach shot closer than me|
Playing in the Ranken Jordan golf tournament is always the highlight of my playing each year. There is no tournament that I am a part of that carries as much significance as this one. Seeing on a weekly basis why we are playing and why this tournament is so important is a huge reason for that. There is an incredible amount of good done in one day for the kids; however there can always be more. Next July I would like to write another blog post about having the largest Ranken Jordan golf tournament ever. As mentioned earlier, we had 63 teams this year which means we have room for 9 more. If you did not play this year, consider playing next year so you can see the three greatest golf shots of the year and learn why we all should "consider the children first in all that we do."
|May, the star of the show!|