Thanks to Nick Fischer, a student at Los Banos High School in California, for his willingness to share his experience with us at the 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and to Joe Barcellos, the Athletics Director at LBHS, for sharing…nice job guys!
For those of you who have ever heard me present, you know how much I emphasize the importance of gaining experience. Of my five “keys to the game“, this may be the most important. Today’s blog post shares an example of one student who has heeded that advice and enjoyed a one-in-a-lifetime moment by volunteering to work at a major sporting event.
“Pebble Beach 2014″ by Nick Fischer
The idea of meeting an athlete such as Aaron Rodgers was only just a dream. The dream was turning into a reality when Coach Siemiller was contacted by the director of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AM. We were selected out of 13 schools to be standard bearers for the golf tournament. A standard bearer is pretty much a walking scoreboard, and changes the score after every hole. Our spot as one of the 13 schools wasn’t locked in yet. We were on the waiting list. 3 agonizing weeks later, Coach Siemiller received the good news that we made the list. Coach Siemiller, 5 teammates, and myself were headed to Montterey. We stayed at a hotel called the Sandcastle Inn in Seaside. Arriving at our hotel at about 8 o’clock P.M. on Wednesday. Knowing we had a long four days ahead of us. The first day we had to be at our tent at 5:30 A.M. With our hotel being approximately 20 minutes away, 4:30 A.M. was the time to leave Thursday morning. Phone alarm clocks nowadays, you can’t trust them. Mine and a fellow teammate’s alarms didn’t go off. With only 10 minutes to get ready, we hustled into our golf clothes and khakis. No harm, no foul as we made it in time for our meeting at Pebble Beach.
The Pro-Am consists of 3 courses; Monterrey Peninsula, Spyglass Hill, and Pebble Beach. Celebrities such as Tom Brady, Don Cheadle, Ray Romano, Aaron Rodgers, Wayne Gretzky, Jake Owen, and Peyton Manning were going to be there. Picking groups was similar to a draft. Teams coaches would pick out of a hat to determine the order. Our lowest pick was #5 and since I was the only senior on the team I got that pick. As the “draft” started, I saw my first choice, Tom Brady, go off the board. My pick was up and without any hesitation I picked the Aaron Rodgers and Jerry Kelly group. Also in the group was Rory Sabbatini and Blake MyCoskie, the creator of Toms. With a tee time at 9:45 A.M. I had almost 3 hours to wait until we went out. A few of my teammates had stars like Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, and Ray Romano. They went out earlier than I did so I was by myself in the standard bearers tent. My worst nightmare came true, there was a rain delay. In my head I was thinking ”will I get to meet Aaron Rodgers?” After an additional 2 hours, play resumed. Back on track it was only an hour away til my tee time. Waiting patiently it was time to go, my walking scorer came to pick me up. It was finally time to meet Super Bowl 45 MVP, Aaron Rodgers. First I met Jerry Kelly and his caddy, then Rory Sabbatini, and Blake MyCoskie.