As indicated in a GNN story here earlier this week, the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation has announced a major initiative and it was a no-brainer, according to Graham, that his wife’s name would be on the name of charitable organization.
Not only will Ruby have significant input into the foundation, but she’s played a major role in DeLaet’s life away from the golf course, where he starred in last year’s Presidents Cup and is knocking on the door of his first PGA Tour win. This week, he’s playing in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Away from all that attention, however, the personable Ruby has insights into her husband that nobody else sees and she shared some of those in a story I did for GolfScene Magazine. It’s now online.
These quotes from the story offer a preview of what it’s all about:
“There were a couple of times when maybe she’s said something and because I was short-tempered or whatever at the time that I probably wasn’t super-friendly about her comments. I think she just kind of learned throughout the years that there’s times when she can kind of be a shoulder to lean on and other times, it’s better to just not really say anything. She just can read me well and that’s kind of what makes her special to me,” Graham DeLaet
“We had a pretty instant connection and I think we both knew that there was something that could really turn into a pretty serious relationship and go somewhere.” Ruby DeLaet
“One of those things that’s disappointing about being a professional athlete is that you have to be selfish and if you really want to take your career to where you want it to go, outside interference can hold you back. I thought she was a great girl. We’d been hanging out for a little while, but I’m like, `This is not part of my plan over the next two years.’” Graham DeLaet
“There were times when I would drop him off at the airport and I wasn’t going to see him for five weeks and it would be like, `Okay, see you later,’ and he’d leave and I would just spend the next five minutes crying by myself in the car and then, I’d get over it, have a little talk with myself.” Ruby DeLaet
“At the time, all I was really thinking about was doing whatever it took to make the pain better. Thinking about his golf career would have made things more depressing because I never had a clue what was going to happen or if it was going to get better. We had talked to a few people who had had herniated discs, bulging discs and we saw them upright and moving around and having a normal lifestyle, but that’s when you you work at a desk, not as a professional golfer,” Ruby DeLaet on her husband’s back surgery.
That a bit of a preview. You can read the entire GolfScene story by clicking here.