A break from the Tiger Woods saga: Francoeur's cool golf trip to Scotland
If you’re looking for a golf story that will warm your heart this Christmas season, I’ve got one for you, and it actually involves a positive story about a professional athlete.
Jeff Francoeur, the former Atlanta Braves baseball player, loves golf. And he loves his family. So much so, in fact, that he gave his dad and some other friends and relatives a really neat surprise this year.
After the season, Francoeur, who now plays for the Mets, treated them to a golf trip to Scotland to play several of that land’s storied venues. Except he didn’t tell that was what he was doing, at least not until the night before the trip.
According to a recent story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Francoeur told his father David and the others in the group that they were taking a trip to Bandon Dunes so they would pack warm clothes, and that there were would be a side trip to Canada so they would bring their passports.
The night before, Francoeur showed the group a slideshow of Bandon Dunes, then later announced that the trip had been changed. They were going to Scotland.
The presentation switched to shots of the Swilcan Bridge at St. Andrews, the lighthouse at Turnberry and Stewart Cink kissing the Claret Jug. According to the story, David was stunned.
“I was at a loss for words,” he said. “When I heard Scotland, I said ?Oh my gosh, what a treat.’ But then when he started to say the courses we were playing, that’s when it really hit me.”
I don’t know what else goes on in Jeff Francoeur’s life, but he sounds like a pretty good role model to me. Next year, he’s planning a big trip to Italy ? for his wife Catie.
My guess is that there will still be a lively discussion of the Scotland memories at the Francoeur Christmas.
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In my past life, I did cover professional athletes in other sports, and I believe there were plenty of good role models. Kurt Warner and Lance Berkman are two good examples of today's athletes who fit the bill. My guess is Steve Stricker and the aforementioned Stewart Cink are too. Of course the one common thread between all four of these guys is their faith.
I'm not particularly religious, but guys who are truly spiritual do have a moral compass. And if you watch these guys, you'll notice that they're competitive, but they're not cursing or setting bad examples when they're on the field either.
Ok, so Tiger Woods' broken cheek was a hoax or internet rumor, but police said he did have a 'fat lip', so the question is did Elin hit him with the golf club or not? I guess we will never know. And more to the point who cares? Some sports bloggers listed on sports index http://www.dozensports.com are still supporting the golfer saying he deserves to listed in America's most admired of 2009. The irony is that he was listed next to Bill Clinton!