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Driving golf cart not easy
By Joyce Godwin
May 14,2006

Larry Watkins of Sherman and Bill Godwin (my husband) of Van Alstyne, both board members of the Texoma NFL Alumni Charity Golf Classic, were riding in a golf cart Saturday afternoon during the annual tournament to check on players and help make sure they had everything they needed.

At one hole, like any polite observer, Watkins, who was driving, didn’t want to back up the golf cart until golfers on the closest green finished putting out. He didn’t want the back-up alarm to disturb the golfers. The two men had been working in tandem for much of the afternoon serving as “go-to” guys, helping wherever needed.

They ferried workers from clubhouse to par-three holes to serve as witnesses in case of a hole-in-one. They took water to workers on the course and, in general, did whatever Ann May of Sherman told them to do. Ann is the volunteer coordinator for the tournament each year.

Well, as the two waited and watched the five players finish hole No. 9, they were quiet. The last ball dropped into the cup and the players headed to their own golf carts. Taking that action as the “all clear” to move the cart, Watkins stepped on the go pedal and the cart took off.

The only problem was, the cart was still in a forward gear. It ran right into the hedges. Larry must be a better golfer than a golf-cart driver because his team, whose celebrity player was Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, won first place in the tournament and will represent the Texoma NFLA chapter in the Superbowl of Golf in West Palm Beach, Fla.

My advice: Don’t let Larry drive the cart.



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