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      Touched By A Legend

      By Ezra Sutton
        I’m watching my Titleist
      Prov1 golf ball roll end over
      end into the hole just as I
      envisioned it. Van smiles
      at me and says how do you
      do that? I just smile back.
      Then, my iPhone vibrates
      in my pocket. I reach into
      my pocket and pull out my
      iPhone. I look down and                                                                              GM Marius Ilie, President Kevin Richardson with Jack and
      it’s my publisher Sean Reid.                                                                         Barbara Nicklaus
      Excuse me Van I have to take
      this.                                              Ezra Sutton and Jack Nicklaus                     golfer in this whole
        Sean says, “Ezra I have  Jack Nicklaus                                                             world hands down!
      a once in a lifetime story                           Even broadcaster and analyst for all golf platforms   No words could
      for you that is right down your target line. Jack Nicklaus is   Tim Rosaforte attended. The applause lasted for quite   describe that moment
      going to be at Bear Lakes in West Palm Beach for the grand   a while till Jack began to speak. Jack thanked everyone   but let’s just say I had
      reopening of its clubhouse and I’d like for you to cover the   for showing to celebrate this very special evening for   a grin from ear to ear.
      story. It would be amazing if you could get my readers a   the Bears Club. Jack spoke for a while explaining what   I knew Jack was busy
      great picture of Jack Nicklaus.”                   went into the renovation of the Bear Lakes clubhouse and   so I went right into
        I tell Sean you know that’s my specialty and it would   how happy he was with the results of all areas of the new   my question. I asked
      be my pleasure. Van says is everything okay? I tell him the   Bear Lakes clubhouse. “It’s of today.” Jack said it turned   Jack to describe for
      future is looking really bright and we get back to our putting   out to be “very, very special.” Finally the moment had   me one hole on either
      contest.                                           arrived.  Marius the general manager, in addition to Kevin   of the two courses
        Fast forward to a violin playing majestically in the   Richardson, the president of Bear Lakes accompanied by   in which he was
      background. A red carpet leads up to the front door of the   Barbara and Jack Nicklaus, all got behind the red tape.   most fond of. Being
      new Bear Lakes clubhouse. Golf’s elite start to show up   They all took hold of these big gold scissors and cut the   a historian himself
      and everyone takes their seats. They all have gathered to   red tape. The crowd then stood up and cheered. Everyone   he described to me
      celebrate the reopening of this elite golf club in West Palm   then slowly went into the new clubhouse to see their new   what  went into  the
      Beach. General Manager Marius Ilia takes the podium and   home.                                      designing of a par-5   Tamara Fitzgerald, Shelli Lockhart,
      he speaks to the crowd thanking them all for coming out to     My time on the other hand was drawing closer to my   around Perini  point   Lauren Eisseyi
      celebrate this very special moment. He says “our main focus   opportunity. Tamara Fitzgerald from the Venue Marketing   – the highest point in
      will be offering a consistent member experience for current   Group  who  was  organizing  the  interviews  with  Jack   West Palm Beach. I absorbed his answer, then I thanked
      and future members.” Next to the podium is President Kevin   Nicklaus told me I was on deck. A baseball fan I presume   Mr. Nicklaus so much for his time and I was on my way.
      Richardson. He thanks everyone for coming out as well and   (lol). I could see that Jack’s interview with CBS channel   Mission accomplished.
      all who have been involved in this venture of building a new   12 was drawing close to an end. Then, I received the     If golf is always down your target line I suggest you
      state-of-the-art clubhouse. Kevin then goes on to thank his   nod. Tamara called me over and said, Mr. Nicklaus, I’d   call over to Bear Lakes and set up a tee time and then
      hero Jack Nicklaus who he then called “a true role model for   like to introduce you to Ezra Sutton from Seabreeze   go experience what the new clubhouse has to offer. Who
      everyone in this country if not in this world.” Pretty powerful   Publications.                      knows – maybe that day at Bear Lakes you too could be
      but so true. Kevin then welcomes his hero Jack Nicklaus to     Then it happened. I was touched by a legend. I shook   touched by a legend.
      the podium. Everyone who was sitting is now standing and   hands with Jack Nicklaus. Let me say that once again I                  Thanks for reading,
      cheering Jack who approaches the microphone.       looked into the eyes and shook hands with the greatest                                 Ezra Sutton
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