Earl Gees…the best putter I’ve ever seen!
Like many guys growing up, I was blessed to have
a Dad who was a great example for me. He helped turn
his hobby into my lifetime career. Dad got me
started in golf at age five.
He was an accomplished player, as
low as a 2 handicap at one time, yet in 60 years of
playing golf, he never had a hole in one. But he
was, without a doubt, the greatest putter I’ve ever
seen! We enjoyed many rounds of golf together. He
shot his age a number of times. When he was 69 years
old, I shot a 74, he posted a 73 and beat me---best
day either of us ever had.
I guess I come by this golf business honestly. My
mother, Lucille, won many tournaments and was an
active player well into her 80’s.
A fun-loving guy, an intense
competitor, my Dad loved coming out to Palm Springs
with my Mother to visit my wife and I and their
grandchildren. They both loved playing golf out in
the desert sun. Many were the times when Dad would
come to work with me in the morning, stay all day
practicing and playing his favorite game, then stop
by the pro shop and tell me stories of the previous
ten hours before we’d call it a day. Often they’d
included how yet another of our resort guests had
cornered him for one of his now-famous putting
My Dad Earl guided me through
most of my years…he instructed me, he counseled me,
he mentored me, he lectured me, he loved me…he was a
I strongly recommend that you
take your son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild
out to practice or play a full round of golf.
They’ll remember it for a lifetime, and who
knows…you might even influence them into turning
your hobby into their life’s vocation. It’s not a
bad place to be!
PGA Teaching Professional