I told you the other day I was going to Mike Weir’s Charity Classic in Toronto. (for those of you who don’t follow golf, and I’m assuming that’s probably most of you, Mike Weir is one of our premiere Canadian golfers. A few years back he won the green jacket at Augusta. Gizmo Guy is a huge golf fan, and to cheer on a Canadian to the win of such a prestigious event…well, he’s got a big picture up in the office with the newspaper article from the following day.)
I don’t mind watching golf, I even play it occasionally. And since Mike’s event involves a mixture of professional golfers and celebrities I thought it would be a nice day out. It turned out to be a gorgeous day. The course was lush and challenge (and I’m just talking about walking it as a spectator)
One of the Texas Tangle reviewers, Sparklybearsy, said in her review that she was Team Dillet (because she couldn’t choose between Dillon or Brett) so when I saw the name on this caddy’s vest I immediately thought of her. Yup, Team Dillon was there! In reality, it’s not named for my Dillon but for the guy in the striped shirt–Kevin Dillon from Entourage.
If I ever write a story involving a professional golfer, I’m pretty sure I’ll be using Camilo Villegas as a model — he is one seriously cute golfer. You may have heard about him –he’s often called ‘Spiderman‘ because of the unique way he reads a green.
|Cdn golfer Stephen Ames and Dragons’ Den Robert Herjavec|
They set the rounds up so the amateurs get to play 9 holes with a celebrity and 9 holes with a professional golfer. Some of the celebrities were Damon Allen (he’s a famous Canadian football player), Steve Nash & Martin Brodeur (two players on Canada’s gold medal winning Olympic Hockey team), Jon Montgomery (medal winning Skeleton racer from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics), along with hockey players Dion Phaneuf and Steve Stamkos. Musician Tom Cochrane was also playing and entrepreneur Robert Herjavec whom Canadians know from Dragons’ Den and Americans may know from the Shark Tank. Oh and I already mentioned Kevin Dillon. And last but not least, Samuel L. Jackson. Yup, that’s the famous Samuel L just beyond me in my paper cowboy hat (yes, really, it’s made of recycled paper, but it’s as durable as all get out) I got close enough to touch him, almost, while he was signing autographs but missed him by that || much.
|Me and Samuel L. Jackson|
I did get to meet one other celebrity that day — though he wasn’t on the golf course. Erik Estrada was there on Monday to help promote one of the sponsors. For a guy who is 61 (OMG did that make me feel old) he looks fantastic. Yes, he was wearing his CHiPs uniform, complete with knee high leather boots, though as Gizmo Guy pointed out–no gun. Of course, this is Canada, after all!
|Leah and Erik Estrada|
And since it was a golf match, I guess I should mention that there were professional golfers there as well — naturally enough Mike Weir was there, as were Trevor Immelman, Fred Couples, Luke Donald, Canadian Stephen Ames, Luke Donald, Anthony Kim, Sean O’Hair, Retief Goosen and straight off his second-place finish at the British Open the day before, Paul Casey. (yes, I did know all those names, thank you.)
Gizmo Guy went back the next day with Curly — GG likes the practice days as you’re allowed to take your cameras which you’re not allowed to do on tournament days. And you can imagine what’ll be on the television this weekend…