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The King takes a Shower

Aug 29, 2018 | Posted by Jeff Roy

The King takes a Shower

 

While flying out to Calgary this past Saturday to visit with family I had the time reflect on random things that popped into my ever starving brain. One of those random things was the life of Arnold Palmer. Having had the privilege to meet the man twice and each time Mr. Palmer was polite, courteous and professional. This got me to thinking about an early life of mine at a club not to far from here and how a seemly innocent renovation project could have such significance.

I was transported back in time when the club decided to give the Men’s locker room a much-needed facelift. The old and tired room was going to be brought up to more modern standards. During the reconstruction phase an event occurred out of public view that had a rather profound impact on me.

You see I consider the locker room a sanctuary of sorts, a place to escape even for a short time from the trappings of a troubled and often cruel game, much like the calm after a storm.

The Club had the great distinction of hosting three National and one Provincial championship up to that point in time. The 1972 Canadian Open brought the best of the best from that day, with the only exception missing being Jack Nicklaus. The club hosted the likes of Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, and Canada’s own George Knudson. With a full field of the best players in the world, one can only imagine the locker room banter that took place among these world class players. It was Gay Brewer who came out on top in 1972 to best the field with a 9 under par at the completion of the 72nd hole tournament.

It has been well documented that during the 1972 Canadian Open the showers were well used to clean up after the heat of the July sun brought out a little more perspiration than one might have expected when playing up here in “Canada, eh.” One such player who was a regular to the shower stalls was the “King” himself, Mr. Arnold Palmer. Making the walk of walks from Bay 7 to the showers and back was no small feat, even for a king. But it is said he did so with grace and style, and without even a stumble.

This brings me to my moment of moments when walking through the renovated chaos of the construction, I happened upon a lone worker eagerly swinging a sledge hammer and smashing the tiled cinder blocks of the old shower stalls. It then occurred to me this lone worker was demolishing a well-used piece of the club’s history and he wasn’t even aware of it.

I asked him, “Would it be too much to ask for you to stop your smashing of these tiles and blocks just for a minute?” Seeing the look on his face, I immediately realized his bewilderment, and had to clarify my request.

“You see the showers stalls in which you are destroying were once used by one of the greatest golfers of all time, Arnold Palmer. It is only fitting to stop and ponder the significance of that lone and simple act of a daily shower and who it was who stood in these very stalls.” 

To my surprise this good man not only stopped, he stood erect and removed his cap, as did I, and we both drank in the moment. Through sheer reverence and respect, no words were spoken, until I finally bid him to, “Carry on.” I then turned and headed up to the Grillroom to complete my assignment, which was to see what was for lunch.

There you have it; a hallowed bit of history, but one might think twice when they enter a club’s locker room and ponder where they stand and who it could have been who stood there in days gone by.

See everyone next week,

Jeff

 


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Money List
Pos. Name Winnings
1 Ken Burke Sr. $74.33
2 Chris Rivando $62.8
3 Sunny Tutti $49.17
4 Jeff Roy $46
5 Kevin Dobbs $43.33
6 Bryan Hilborn $37
7 Randy Mackay $35
8 Brian Friedlein $27.34
9 John Carbone $27
10 Jeff Galipeau $26
11 Ted Kicinski $20
12 Paul Putney $19.91
13 Bryan Foebel $19.5
14 Gord Tellier $18.5
15 Rick Heywood $16.45
16 Gary Pinelli $15.17
17 Earl Tobias $14.75
18 Kevin Hall $14.3
19 Roger Beck $14.05
T20 Barrie Wilson $14
T20 Phil Clough $14
T20 Michael Ker $14
T20 Brian Pye $14
T24 Rick Desjardins $13.67
T24 Ron Lindhorst $13.67
T24 Ed Bogucki $13.67
27 Gary Rodgers $13.03
28 Mike Boulard $10
T29 Jim Hollingshead $9.25
T29 Bob Beck $9.25
T31 Ron Lee $8.5
T31 Jim Huntingdon $8.5
33 Tom Moffatt $7.47
34 Dean Miller $7.45
T35 Dennis VanBrussel $7.25
T35 Marty Smits $7.25
T37 Jindy Bains $6.8
T37 Fred Moreau $6.8
T39 Art Cunningham $6.67
T39 David Drummond $6.67
T41 Asger Skrubbeltrang $5.33
T41 John Pool $5.33
43 Stan Sigut $4.5
44 Kent Sauder $4.25
45 Darryl MacMicken $2.6
46 Garry Patrick $2
47 Michael Behm $0.5
T48 Jeff Airhardt $0
T48 Luke Nieuwland $0
T48 Lou Nieuwland $0
T48 Dave Humber $0
T48 Bill Ayotte $0
T48 Joe Biamonte $0
T48 Lonnie Daradick $0
T48 Bob Desjardins $0
T48 Carmine Guadagno $0
T48 Mark Hardy $0
T48 Ricky Thompson $0
T48 Marc Huminilowycz $0
T48 Keith Huntingdon $0
T48 Larry Layne $0
T48 Steve Mester $0
T48 John Sider $0
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