Mark Crabtree is one of those who goes back decades.
He’s 52 years old, graduated from Norman High in 1979, won a national championship at Cameron, in 1983, along with former NHS teammate Richard Ryden (and Freddie Wisdom, too, a two-time Westwood Invitational champion, though he hasn’t been in the field for a few years).
And the best thing about Crabtree, a professional golf instructor, who’s traveled the world teaching the game, and now does it for MetaGolf, in the Denver area, is the figure he cuts.
He carries his own bag, plays without a glove, but with a watch and a couple of rings on his left wrist and fingers. Like, as long as his clubs are in the car, he’s ready to play.
He carries his own bag!
“I don’t play well in a cart,” he said. “It’s hurry up and wait.”
He doesn’t play much, period. Crabtree said he was lucky if he gets in a couple rounds a month. At least he’s on the practice tee, almost every day, tutoring somebody.
He finished second in 2001 and third in 2002 and 2003.
Sunday, Crabtree placed eighth after coming in at 212.
“This is where I grew up,” he said.
There was one more scene Sunday. All at the same time, it was not a part of the Westwood Invitational and all about the Westwood Invitational.
The tournament was over. The brisket, potato salad and beer had been taken away. All the out-of-town winners and placers had cashed in their pro-shop credit.
The scores were still up and that was about it when Ann Harcourt, accompanied by Cheryl Stucker Carpenter and Jae Carpenter appeared at the course.
Ann is Ron Stucker’s widow. Cheryl is Ron Stucker’s sister and Jae is Ron Stucker’s brother in law.