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Descending the stairs of the cement overpass with his tousled hair, easy grin and casual clothing, there was no mistaking him among legions of tired, stressed-out commuters in their uniformly cheerless business attire.
Though it was our first real-life, in-the-flesh encounter, David and I go way back when it comes to shared experiences and spirited exchanges. Thanks to social media the distance between Danbury, CT and Pamplona, Spain (or any physical distance for that matter) is just... geography.
So that's exactly what brought Señor Amezqueta to Brewster... and on to our house (aka Golf Girl Media World Headquarters) in Danbury. Once there, we had a celebratory cocktail, followed by a dinner of Bourbon Barbecued Ribs... with an ample side of Mac'n'Cheese. What could be more American than that, right? The rest of the evening we spent talking; about David's experience in Medinah, about the golf industry on both sides of the Atlantic and about the amazing opportunities, and vexing challenges, presented by "new media" and a global economy. Then there was the subject of our gracious golf ghost.
Mr. Ferrier came to the US from Scotland in the early 20s to promote golf equipment, but soon became the golf pro at Danbury's Ridgewood Country Club... and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1958. He continued to be involved with golf after his retirement, as president of the PGA Seniors and... for a number of years... as a member of the Ryder Cup Committee. In 1969, on a trip back to Scotland, the distinguished golf pro presented the Ferrier Trophy to The Burntisland Golf Club where he first learned to play the game.
As I revealed to David, on those
The next morning we awoke to the kind of Autumnal masterpiece only New England can create... all burnished leaves and blue skies... and headed to Richter Park. Our foursome included my French cigar-aficionado husband Nick (who immediately presented David with a Cohiba) and fellow golf-twitterista, Stacy Solomon of Golf for Beginners fame. It was a gorgeous day and an wonderful round, made possible by to a great extent by social media and the way it connects people.
It's no surprise to me that by the time David boarded the train in Brewster we had plans in the works for a springtime round in Spain.