Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Players Championship PGA Golf 2016 - "TPC"

Ford has taken AA to this professional PGA tournament for many years. I was able to go last year for the first time for a Tuesday practice round. This year, we purchased tickets through AA's NFJG Foundation with plans to go again to the Tuesday practice round. However, we were gifted tickets to the practice round so we used our tickets to go on Friday (the 13th) during the actual tournament. So much fun! Ford and AA enjoyed Tuesday while I worked. They came home all excited about the autographs, the Pros they spoke to, meeting a caddie for the first time and "Taco Lu's at the Turn"! Ford sent me two photos, one of AA and the other of the shrimp tacos she had for lunch.

The autographs she got this year included South Korean Byeong-Hun An and Jerry Kelly from Wisconsin. Also, were Gary Woodland from Kansas who walked to AA and acknowledged her saying "Glad to have you here." He was playing with Jimmy Walker, who was eating apple and could only nod when Ford wished him well. AA was able to get Jimmy's signature after his practice round. They also bumped into John Cook and snagged his autograph. He plays on the Champions Tour currently and is a regular on the Golf Channel morning show. All together, Alyzabeth got nine signatures.
AA had a great encounter with Eric Bajas (post from Facebook) - Fantastic caddy lesson today from Eric, Bryce Molder's caddy. Took the time to show and explain his yardage book to Alyzabeth prior to this years Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. He told Alyzabeth that if he sees her Friday he wants to introduce her to his golfer!
On Friday,  we enjoyed walking around in the morning, AA had her swing "tune-up" at the demonstration area, we enjoyed tacos and met up with Coach Kathy Grant Nyman.
Seeing Caddie Eric acknowledge AA on Friday:
Always try for a selfie!
Coach Kathy and AA strolling together:
From Kathy's Facebook: Alyzabeth and I waiting for Dustin Johnson! Hole #7. We have a plan to get Dustin in the picture too!
 He's in the background:
It was great weather (a bit warm) and fun watching so many players on Friday (before the cut).

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