|Spartans Live From The U.S. Open Championship|
Dominic Urrutia, an Athletics Media Relations Student Assistant, and Richard Stern, Assistant Athletics Media Relations Director, are spending the week working at the U.S. Open Golf Championship at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. This is the last in a series of blogs they will post from the Championship. Below is Richard's post from Sunday's final round
Well it's 10:30 p.m. on Sunday and a national champion has been crowned. About two hours ago Webb Simpson was presented the trophy on the 18th green.
I could tell you about what it's like to be inside the ropes on the 18th green with the greatest golfers in the world. (The attached photo is from there...Dominic and I and 5,000 of our best friends). I could tell you about guiding the players to one or several interview areas after their rounds, or Dominic making sure NBC's Jimmy Roberts was able to do a one-on-one interview with Tiger Woods. (He has the pictures to prove he was right there with them)
I could tell you about great experience after great experience, but what really made an impact on me was something totally different.
Sunday at the U.S. Open Golf Championship has traditionally been Father's Day and this year is no different. I saw so many fathers and their young children enjoying their day together as well as adult children with parents who are now seniors.
Golf is a game that you can play for your entire life and for many of us our fathers were the one who introduced us to the game.
For me, my dad lives in San Diego and we don't get to play very much anymore. But, every time I'm standing on a tee box and addressing the ball I can hear my father saying, "put a good swing on it." We have been golfing buddies for most of my adult life and I'll always cherish those hours spent together. We talked about everything during those rounds and some of my biggest life decisions were made after consulting with my father on a golf course.
Today, I saw a son's love for his father and an amazing Father's Day gift played out on the 18th hole of the U.S. Open. Keegan Bradley's father had been following him all day as he played his final round of the Open. On the 18th tee, Keegan's caddie took off his bib and gave it to Bradley's father so they could walk up the 18th together and enjoy the experience.
That's what Father's Day is all about...honoring a man that means so much to us. I called my father this morning and wished him a happy Father's Day. Dominic spent the morning walking the course with his dad who came down from Lodi to spend a portion of day together.
To all the dads of Spartans or dads who are Spartans, this day was for you...and Webb Simpson.
Happy Father's Day from the Open..