My wife Barb and I came into Sikeston on a Thursday, before a weekend, for our Morley High School reunion. With time on our hands we decided to play golf at the Bootheel golf course. A new course to me.
I'm thinking, table top golf in the flat lands. Remember, I grew up here. I remember the Sikeston Country Club with sand greens. You had to smooth out the sand before you could putt.
What a pleasant surprise. The course was short and tight but delightful. It had moguls on most fairways, even had some elevated greens. Long par threes. The greens were in excellent shape. A lot of rain this year?
The course did have character, liked the picture of Osama bin Laden on the bathroom door.
We were just coming up on the green of number 18, with each ball about 15 feet from the hole, when out of nowhere appears a little Bull Terrier dog. This animal was on a mission with a purpose. He picks up my ball with his teeth and heads toward the hole. Seeing Barb's ball on the way, he stops. Picks up her ball with the teeth. Now he has two balls in his mouth. He heads off the green into the open field toward a man repairing a fence around a cattle pen. We wave to the man, we assume this is his owner.
Barb and I look at each other and burst out laughing. That act was as cute as a kid with new shoes.
I thought if that dog would appear on the 18th green on every round, what a novelty it would be. Players would be standing in line to play this course. Mr. Norman Lambert's venture would pale in comparison to the crowds.
I would love to write the ad copy for this promotion.
DOG , WITH BALLS IN MOUTH, RUNS OFF GOLF COURSE.
DOG IGNORES SIGN FOUND ON MANY GOLF COURSES, (THIS GOLF COURSE USES PESTICIDES AND HERBICIDES , DO NOT LICK BALLS.)
The material would be endless. We bought two golf towels from Mr. Holly and left smiling.
We had a nice visit with family and old friends. Sikeston has changed, but what hasn't in 50 years.
We can't wait to see what happens on our next visit.
Bill Tommy Kindred,