It was especially fun talking hockey and golf with Dawn Coe-Jones on Wednesday and hearing her crack a few jokes, which is all pretty normal stuff when you’re chatting with the three-time LPGA Tour winner from Lake Cowichan, B.C., and that’s exactly the point.
If she’s talking two of her favourite subjects – the other two being Big Jimmy Jones and Little Jimmy (although not so little anymore), her husband and son, respectively – you know she’s in her element.
It doesn’t mean that everything is right with the world after cancer surgery last month included the replacement of a knee and five inches from her tibia, substituted by a titanium rod, but it is a good sign that her spirit is ready for challenges ahead, which could mean chemotherapy.
The best she can hope for is a long rehab to regain her mobility, but she’s already talking about teeing it up on the first anniversary of her surgery on March 16 of next year.
There’s no sugar-coating it. There are huge obstacles ahead. She knows it and she’s ready for it.
To go along with her spirit and sense of humour, she has a tight support group that not only includes the Jimmys, but also another Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member in Lisa Walters and 1991 du Maurier Classic champion Nancy Scranton, among others including players on the Legends Tour, the LPGA’s senior circuit.
Another former Canadian player on the LPGA Tour, Gail Graham, even drove over to the Jones home to cook Easter dinner.
Knowing that support group and having experienced the attitude she’ll smack down on you for a wisecrack about her Montreal Canadiens or Tampa Bay Lightning, I like her chance of teeing off next March.
To listen to my chat with Dawn, click here.
Bring Your Clubs And A Spare Pair Of Pants
Judging by a couple of stories that appeared afterwards, the objective for members of the media who crossed off a bucket list item by playing Augusta National on Monday after being chosen in a lottery was to beat the infamous quad bogey put up on Sunday by the defending champ who earned his presence there instead of lucking into it.
Of two stories that I read, and media does love to talk about itself, one writer beat Jordan Spieth’s seven last Sunday and another tied it on Monday.
Apparently, they didn’t even feel the pressure of that one squirrel in the azaleas who may or may not have taken an interest in the Monday play, so Spieth had no excuse with the global audience that was zeroed in on him the day before.
The members of Augusta National may have even seen fit to leave a green jacket for the media guys for their accomplishment, just like Spieth got the year before.
I kid, of course. I used to be Bobby Orr in road hockey games too – never thought I was going to beat him – but was him when I had the ball on my stick.
Had any one of these media guys been playing under the same pressure as Spieth on the back nine last Sunday, then they really couldn’t wear white pants on the back nine for obvious reasons, as one social media wag so delicately put it on Sunday.
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