WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va.—Wednesday was Pro-Am day at the Greenbrier Classic on this 4th of July holiday.
While Tiger Woods garnered most of the heavy crowds Wednesday, there was another group on the course that was just as noteworthy. Travis Wells has the story from White Sulphur Springs.
It was a festive atmosphere Wednesday at the Greenbrier on the Fourth of July holiday, right down to John Daly's red, white, and blue pants.
Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer spent the holiday playing a pro am round with 40-time PGA Tour winner Phil Mickelson and Kentucky Governor, Steve Beshear.
“He is just a great guy to play with, really enjoyed talking to him about different things as we played. It was a great day, a fun day,” Beamer said.
Mickelson said: “It was really a wide range of conversations, a fun day and an insightful day.
The coach even got a few lessons from the pro.
“He coached me right into a double bogey on the last hole but I came back and it worked here, but daggone it I missed the putt,” Beamer said. “I think I got a tip that can help me. He talked to me about doing some chipping and I've got something to work on.”
But he's still working on converting Lefty, an Arizona State grad, to the Hokies’ Chicago Maroon and burnt orange.
“I think he is turning partly to being a Hokie, not all the way but we've got him going in our direction,” Beamer said.
Mickelson said: “I heard a little bit about what to expect this coming season. I know that coach is really high on his players and his team. It's great to see his excitement level to compete and to coach.”
Mickelson will tee off in Thursday's first round of the Greenbrier Classic with the two guys who have won it in the first two years, Stuart Appleby and Scott Stallings.
“I don't normally like to watch my playing partners, but this might be a good week to do that,” Mickelson said. “They are obviously very solid players and we'll have a good time. I wanna make sure my game is sharp this week because I don't feel good about how I played last year and I wanna improve on that.”