There is speculation out there that if John Henrick was to play and win a Diamond division event this year, it could earn him a Guiness World Record for winning in eight different decades. Henrick isn’t paying much attention.
“I used to go into the Molsons and the Budweisers, but not the Guiness,” said Henrick, who is being inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in May after more than 60 years as a golf professional, mentor and administrator.
For a backgrounder on Henrick and the other 2014 Hall of Fame inductees, click here. GNN blogger Mike Schurman offered these thoughts recently on Henrick’s game, but as quick as he still is with a one-liner, he says his game may not be up to snuff for tournament play anymore.
“The last time I played was two or three years ago. I didn’t play well,” he recalled.
“The golf course was too tough for me. I couldn’t reach a couple of the greens and I couldn’t get it over some of the water hazards,” said Henrick, who turns 84 on Saturday.
“I like to feel that I’m still kind of young in spirit and I can still do things, but I’m not as flexible as I used to be,” he added.
“The ball doesn’t go as far. It only goes out of sight because your eyes aren’t very good,” said Henrick, who won his first event in the late 40s in Montreal, where he also played hockey as a lad growing up.
That could be a topic during his speech at his hall of fame induction.
“I’ve got my speech all laid out and it changes every night. I haven’t put pen to paper yet, so I don’t know. I’ll tell a couple of little stories, I guess,” he said.
“I wanted to play pro hockey. I was going to thank my parents for not growing me so tall. It kept me away from football and hockey, but I did play Junior A hockey at 115 pounds. I played with guys that went to the pros. I forgot to grow, but I could play,” said Henrick.
As much as he’s looking forward to the induction, it will be a bittersweet occasion following the death of his wife Lorraine at the age of 81 last month. A celebration of her life was held in late February in Orangeville, Ont. Her obituary is here.
“She was a fighter. She was just a great gal. I miss her, but she was in ill health for the last five or six years. It was a struggle for her,” said Henrick.
“The health wasn’t there any longer and it was ebbing away. As I told my family and my kids, I said she lived longer than a lot of healthy people,” he said.
Lorraine was a strong character that she needed to be, according to Henrick.
“If the old man is away and she’s got four little ones running around, you’ve got to be fairly tough. She was pretty good at it,” he said.
The good thing is that Lorraine knew about her husband’s upcoming induction before her passing and likely knew that he would distinguish himself that evening despite his self-deprecating style.