Local Golfer Hits U.S. Open Links
Dee Sanders knows golf is all about the short game.
"Someone asked me, what was it like to putt a three footer in front of a crowd like that," said Sanders. "And I said it's just the like missing one here except there's a big 'oooo' when it doesn't go in."
The Ooo's of a US Senior Open Crowd, where Sanders made his first appearance in a major.
"Every hole is kind of a unique experience," Sanders said. " It was a different crowd that was there, because you are aware of the people."
Some of those people include PGA veterans and Sanders said he was not expecting to make a lot of noise.
"I knew realistically going in, I'm not going to stay with them for 18," Sanders said. "Well, I might for 18 holes, but probably for 36 holes and obviously 72 holes there is no way I'm going to compete. And they are awfully good; they're scoring machines."
Despite not making the cut, Sanders trip did not go unnoticed.
"We talked together everyday on the phone, and it was nice," said Sanders' former Missouri Tigers teammate John Weston. "It was fun to talk with him every night after he got finished with his practice rounds and his regular rounds to see how he was doing and how it was a lot of fun to kind of share that with him."
Sanders hit the links just one week later, back in town for the Columbia Seniors tournament.
"Comes home, plays the city senior, hooks up with a bunch of duffers, and has a good time, what can you say?" said Former Missouri Governor Roger Wilson.
You could say that Sanders impact on others is a result of one thing.
"Being someone that they would like to be around, I guess, that would sum it up as well as I can say," Sanders said. "If I can do that, then I've been successful."
In addition to playing in the US Senior Open, Sanders was given the keys to a Lexus.
Unfortunately, he had to return the vehicle once the tournament was over, ending any hope of a joy ride through Wisconsin.