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I got my start at the game of golf just prior to the Tiger era and I remember golf as a pre-Tiger game. It was a different game back then. I could never get any of my friends to play a round. Imagine that?
Bobby “Thunder” Molt
Working at a range in high school, I began to appreciate the game. Eventually a Golf Pro named Bob Molt bought the range. Bob “Thunder” Molt is a great man who knew just about everyone in the game that mattered at the time. Bob was the Pro at Pleasant Valley CC in Sutton, MA for over 20 years where there was a tour event held every year called the “CVS Charity Classic”.
Bob attracted a lot of good players around the New England area, many of which he coached and I had the chance to not only watch these guys as they practiced but I was able to watch how they operated in general. Professional golfers are the coolest people around, it’s a tight knit group of fun loving lunatics for the most part.
Professional golfers were hooligans
Professional golfers in those days weren’t in very good shape, they swore a lot, they drank a lot and from a distance they pretty much look like a bunch of hooligans! But they aren’t, they are men who interact with nature for a living and have deep burning passion for a great game of honor.
I had a chance to caddy for Bob in the MA Open and hang out with him as he told story after story about the names you know. I think about those times a lot and I look back at those years with incredibly fond memories.
Bob was the US Agent for the South African Tour, which basically meant if you wanted to go over and play that tour you had to know Bob. He spent winters over in that part of the world and I couldn’t get enough of those stories. They were great stories about great players you know.
“I Love the Game!?”
Some of the stories that were “repeatable” for instance was how Bob shot 66 playing with Arnold at Bay Hill without making a birdie.
The one that really changed my golf life was the story about Bob as a college freshman at Oklahoma (he wound up transferring to Arizona). He was pretty much broke as most freshman are and he got on a bus with about $9 in his pocket and traveled half way across the country to Augusta, Georgia to watch the Masters. Bob slept in the train station and snuck on the course each day before the staff was out, he ate nothing but Snickers Bars for the entire weekend. As a youngster I thought this sounded like a pretty foolish thing to do. “What if you got caught?” “What if you couldn’t get back to school?” I actually asked him those questions ( I look back now and realize just how stupid those questions were). Bob looked at me with his unique frown, eyes squinted and confused look on his face, almost a little hint of anger and said ” Because I love the game!?”
If I could pin-point a turning point in just about anything that has stuck with me from the day it happened to today, that was it. I had never met anyone who truly loved any sport or game or lifestyle up until this point and I doubt I will ever meet anyone quite like Bob ever again.
If you’re not an avid player or a complete nut about the game of golf then this story sounds stupid. Even if you do play golf it may sound stupid. But it isn’t. It was a simple and great phrase spoken by a great man. Bob gave me a 3 wood that Dave Stockton used on tour in the early 80’s, I still have it today and even throw it in the bag sometimes just for a little nostalgia. Believe it or not if you catch it solid the thing goes!
If you’re ever on Rte 495 near Berlin, MA you should swing by and see him at the South Meadow Golf Center. If you want to improve your game in a hurry a lesson with Bob will help you out!
I had always loved reading stories about instruction and about tour players and about leading edge golf equipment. A while ago I began writing blog copy for a good friend and business partner in the personal and corporate consulting area. That expanded to writing copy for multiple sites and I finally decided to start writing about my passion.
As I cruised the internet seeking really fun golf blogs what I found was there were very few good looking golf sites that were interesting and weren’t owned by the big-boys. I didn’t see a reason why there couldn’t be yet another fun golf blog.
Further the goal over time is to bring in guest bloggers who are of a similar mind and love the game as much as I do. If you would like to post something interesting please feel free to reach out. Obviously you can link back to your site and such.
If there is anything you feel we should write about, speak up damnit!
I look forward to your feedback and I hope you enjoy.