PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The Golf Channel Amateur Tour’s Senior National Championship ended Friday but the National Championship kicked off Saturday evening with a dinner at the Champions Ballroom at the Sawgrass Marriott. Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer was the host of the festivities and was joined by Kelly Tilghman, Todd Lewis and Win McMurry.
The National Championship is the next four days here and will be staged at the Stadium and Valley Courses at TPC Sawgrass, as well as St. Johns Golf & Country Club and the Slammer & Squire at World Golf Village down the road in St. Augustine.
Rymer began by bragging about the only two highlights of his PGA Tour career – the only time he beat Tiger Woods in an event and the time he shot 61 at the Byron Nelson Classic while paired with Davis Love III, who shot 71. “Did I mention that I beat Davis Love by 10 shots once,” Rymer quipped.
Rymer’s other gem came when he described meeting Tilghman for the first time some 30 years ago when both were junior golfers in Myrtle Beach. Apparently the boys team was jealous of Tilghman and how well she played. They even had a bit of a crush on her.
“She’s the reason why I started wearing deodorant,” Rymer said.
Other highlights came when Rymer told the audience that Lewis was a great singer and that he once was in a band in the 1980s. Lewis caved to the pressure and belted out a couple lines from Journey’s famous hit, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
The quartet was asked to share funniest moments that have happened behind the scenes and McMurry was asked by a man if she would give him a kiss for his 50th birthday. Before she was able to give her answer, the man let her off the hook.