Plaque to the future: Lucas Glover happy with memories but focusing on tournament
The only pro golfer with his own plaque at Port Royal Golf Course is Lucas Glover, best known for winning the 2009 US Open as a qualifier at the intimidating Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, New York.
The marker on the back tee box near the tips of the 16th at Port Royal was in recognition of his Bermuda victory that same year in the now defunct Grand Slam of Golf.
The plaque reads: “Man, I’ve never been so nervous on a shot.”
Until the Tuesday practice round, the pro golfer had only ever seen the marker in photos, so he had a chuckle when he first laid eyes on it.
He had a chance to inspect it in person for the first time and explained the quote was not about the shot difficulty, but about teeing off so close to the South Shore cliff face.
Glover told The Royal Gazette: “It’s good to be back. It’s always good to come back to a place where you have had success.
Two good rounds under my belt in tournament conditions is always positive. It’s 13 years ago, so it doesn’t even matter any more, but it’s always nice to be where you’ve had some success.”
Glover has seven professional victories, including last year at the John Deere Classic, but it was that US Open victory that put the 42-year-old South Carolinian in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal that October.
He was pitted against three other major winners – Ángel Cabrera, Stewart Cink and Y.E. Yang – and won the two-day event by five shots.
Glover practised over all 18 holes on Tuesday with Bermuda pro Michael Sims and his caddie this week, Steve Lambert Jr, is moonlighting from his regular job as head golf professional at the Port Royal.
The group also included Argentine professional Tano Goya and his Bermudian caddie, Andrew Bissell.
Goya was in the news earlier this month after getting lucky in Las Vegas. He graduated from the Korn Ferry Tour and was hanging around the Shriners Children's Open, when he was told at about 7am that a spot was open for him at 7.02am.
He literally had to hit his first tee shot in running shoes before changing to golf shoes on the fairway. He finished the four days tied for 56th and made $18,560. This week’s first prize is $1.17 million.