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Remembering Dan Jenkins

Remembering Dan Jenkins

By Jeff Shelley

I was lucky enough to lunch with Dan Jenkins during the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. I’m proud to say I got a laugh out of the great sportswriter and a couple of other older golf scribes as we sat around a cafeteria table in the Media Center during the second round of the last major Tiger won.

I told Dan the story of Art, a fellow member of mine at Sand Point, who had pinch-caddied for Davis Love III during the two-day Fred Couples Invitational, held a decade earlier at Overlake in Bellevue. I was the event’s Media Director.

Art returned to our club telling everyone about his wonderful experience with this gentlemanly North Carolinian. Art’s effusive deification of Love droned on, and on, and on. It wasn’t long before his eye-rolling golf buddies got sick of hearing the story.

Bobby Wagner, son of Dr. John Wagner – a longtime SP member and notorious prankster, was at that time the assistant pro at Overlake. So, son like father, Bobby forged a hand-written Davis Love thank-you letter and sent it to Art extolling his natural talents as a caddie and what a fantastic time Davis had during Freddie’s tournament.

As expected, Art ratcheted up his bromance anew to his fellow club members. He proudly showed us all the cherished Love letter – which by now he’d framed and would hang on a prominent wall at his home.

It wasn’t long before most everyone in the club knew what had really happened. Except, incredibly, Art, bless his late soul.

In homage to another blessed late soul, here are a couple of worthy tributes to the great Dan Jenkins.

A Daughter's Tribute

  • Sally Jenkins is a very talented sports columnist for the Washington Post– proving the fruit really doesn’t fall from the tree. Here’s what she wrote about her father. - Click here‚Äč to read