- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Rodney Watts ever had an opportunity to compete in the Memorial Tournament at Halifax Country Club before last weekend, but he made the most of his first time, finishing as both low net and low gross winner in the tourney played in honor and memory of Jack C. Caldwell.
Formerly known as the Walter McCormick Memorial Tournament, the tourney honors a deceased member of Halifax Country Club who meant a lot to the club with their actions and help.
Jack C. Caldwell, former owner of E.J. Wyatt Chevrolet, was passionate about the game of golf, a love of the sport reflected in a photo of he and several others playing in the snow in 1954.
He also served his community through his work with the Jaycees and youth baseball leagues.
Over 60 players competed in the tournament this year, a tribute to the contributions his father made to the club, according to Jack Caldwell II, who shared memories of his dad.
“I appreciate you playing in this tournament, it means a lot to my family,” said Caldwell.
“The McCormicks were good friends with my mom and dad, and they had some good times together.
“This is an honor for my family, we appreciate your participation, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Although he never got a chance to meet Jack C. Caldwell, Watts appreciated what the honoree meant to Halifax Country Club.
“I really didn’t know him but I know his son, Jack, from the club,” said Watts.
“It’s my first time playing in this tournament, and 68 is my best round ever. It was hot and everybody had to play on it, but the course is in great shape despite the weather,” said Watts, who had a net score of 68 and a gross score of 62.
“I just struck the ball really well today and hit everything clean. I hit all the greens and made a lot more putts than I normally do,” Watts added.
“That made a huge difference.”
Watts counted himself lucky to be able to play golf last weekend.
“I had back surgery in November, and I was worried at one time I wouldn’t be able to play golf,” Watts explained.
“This is a good tournament, and it has a good turnout.”