JULY 26 WAS A BIG DAY in Greenville, South Carolina. It was Lucas Glover Day, honoring the native son who won the 2009 U.S. Open about a month ago at Bethpage Black. The recent major winner is a graduate of Clemson University, where he was first team All-American in 2000 and 2001.
“Glover’s high school and college coaches were in attendance along with the president of Clemson, a South Carolina state senator and the Greenville mayor, who presented Glover with a key to the city,” wrote Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte.
Glover is a no-fuss kind of guy: soft spoken, unfailingly polite and maybe a bit invisible, even after winning the U.S. Open. The major title might change his golf career, but you get the feeling it won’t change Glover one bit. He’s a yes sir, no ma’am fella all the way.
“It’s hitting home today,” Glover told The Greenville News a week ago Sunday. “I’ve only been here [at Lucas Glover day] half an hour, and I’ve already seen 80 people I’ve known since I was 7.”
Wow, 80 people. Actually, that’s a lot in a relatively small place. It was a big deal to Glover, just like his U.S. Open title.
The golf world didn’t take much notice of Lucas Glover Day, only (as far as I can tell) Rosaforte, oobgolf and Glover’s hometown newspaper. I’m sure that’s fine with Lucas, who wouldn’t want to cause much of a fuss.
−The Armchair Golfer