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Whirlwind Week Off

Professional Caddy, Mark Huber has is on his way to the Senior British Open after a busy week

Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Mark's Kaddy Korner

I’m sitting in an English garden waiting for the rain to stop, not quite sure how I got here, it’s been a whirlwind. In fact, quite a few songs were whizzing through my head last week not just the Beatles, “I am a Walrus”. My flight left San Jose 6:30 Monday morning switching planes in Minneapolis then landing in Milwaukee mid afternoon. A quick drive to Woodstock, dinner with Wendy and a decent night’s sleep even though the NW Chicago suburbs were without power. Tuesday morning I was off to Havana for more family time, it was time to lay Dad to rest.

Golf wasn’t a distraction but it was still in the conversation. My extended golf family, friends from all over and immediate family were still checking in concerned about Mom, me and everyone in the family. We shared memories of Pops and they centered around golf. I talked with Murph and Gail one evening; I think we all needed a little closure. They were like family during our heyday in the mid 90’s, the stories flowed and the tears welled while we were on the phone.

Dad’s ashes were buried Wednesday afternoon in the family plot with immediate family gathered hand in hand. Earlier this year while watching a Cub game dad growled about the whole burial routine, “Why do they have to throw us in the ground? Just cremate me then toss my ashes in all my favorite spots.” It was his way of getting his wishes across. Before I left Havana Thursday afternoon we tried to accommodate Dad the best we could, he’s still with us.

Many times I’ve said I couldn’t survive out here without the many friends I’ve gathered over the years.  My schedule changed about six times, Tim and Sue Baumberger were there covering my back each time. Originally, I was dropping my Indian car at their place then flying to San Jose July 4th. Now it was a quick drive to Detroit Thursday afternoon, meeting Wendy about 1:30 a.m. then off to Florida early Friday morning. They fed us, put us up for the night and parked the old Rendevous in the garage. The tedious drive gave me time to catch up with friends along the way and relax a bit. Windshield time is therapy for me.

The weather was soggy and we didn’t get to Bonita Springs till late Saturday afternoon just in time for a nap, a bite to eat and a beer before I caught my flight back to Detroit. Tim picked me up at the airport, fed me and tucked me into the easy chair. We talked British Open for awhile both of us pulling for Darren Clarke; I think the whole golfing world was behind him. Golf and life are similar, there are always some struggles but you deal with them, forget about them as quickly as possible and move on.

Darren lost his wife to cancer 6-7 years ago, it was tough but with golf’s help, along with friends and family, he wallowed through it. I listened to his acceptance speech on XM radio while driving to Bishop Airport in Flint, MI before catching my flight to London. He was gracious leaving all the recognition to his friends and family plus an angel looking out for him.

Family, friends and golf sure help you get through the tough times. Along with the Lord it’s nice to have them by your side; it makes life a touch easier, especially out on the road.

Take care. I’ll be at the Senior British Open this week and a bit out of touch. Warm beer, fish and chips, cramped quarters and cold, damp, windy weather are in store. I’m looking forward to it but can’t wait to get back.

- Dermot Gilleece

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