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Breezy Point

Local Golf
August 18, 2017

BIG BENNY AND HIS TOY POODLE, TIGER
RJ Smiley


Big Benny, BB was his nickname, held the Titleist 3 in his right fist, long fat fingers wrapped tightly around the ball. Showing the #3 on the Titleist to his attentive little brown toy poodle, Tiger. BB said, "Tiger when I throw these balls on the putting green fetch only the Titleist 3." Tiger did a quick spin as BB picked up the Titleist 1 and the Titleist 4. Then he tossed all three balls onto the green. "Stay Tiger, stay." The little dog held in place shaking with excitement. "Get the Titleist 3 Tiger. Go!"

Tiger raced to the balls, sniffed the first one, then proceeded to the second and snatched the Titleist 3 in his small mouth and raced back to BB. BB turned to Homer and said, "Well he chose the correct number again. That is another $20 you owe me."

"Damn," shrieked Homer. "I still can't believe that little son of a bitch can read the numbers on those balls. Homer took out his money clip and grabbed two 20s. "Here's your 40 bucks." BB turned away to hide the smile that spread across his face.

About an hour later Jack walked into the pro shop, and BB said choking back a smile, "I took Homer for another $40 today. This time he brought Titleist balls."

"How much money have you made with Tiger over the past two years? You should cut me in, I am the one who paid for the obedience school."

BB is the golf pro at a nice public golf course just west of Kansas City, Kansas. As a kid, Big Benny was always bigger than the other kids in his class that is where he got the name, BB. Too fat and slow to play other sports BB concentrated on golf. And he got really good, finishing in the top five each year at the state tournament. Four years of college golf at a D-III school got him a BA in business, but his dreams of life on the TOUR had faded.

With his degree and a few years as an assistant at a private club, BB earned his PGA Membership. Jack, a friend of BB parents, told BB about a job opening at a nice course near his home. BB was hired on the first interview.

The job was tough, and BB did it all. During the slow time BB was the only employee. After a boring lonely winter, BB asked the owners if he could get a dog to keep him company in the shop. After some discussion the owner said sure, but it has to be a small dog and must be good with people.

BB was considering the type of dog he wanted when Jack walked in to the shop. Jack told BB that his son and his wife were getting a divorce and they had a 9-month-old toy poodle that "Grandpa Jack" got in the divorce settlement. "Wish I could find a home for him. Don't know what we are going to do with him, we travel so much."

BB said, "I am looking for a dog, could I see him?"

"He is in the car I will bring Fluff in."

Love at first sight! BB held the little brown bundle of fluff that licked his face. BB said, "I think he might need to pee. He is really squirming."

BB set Fluff on the grass that quickly did his business. Then he took off! Jack lowered his eyes and said, "He doesn't mind too good."

"Sorry Jack, but I just don't have time to chase him down every time he gets out."

Jack started for the door, and then stopped turned and said, "Hey BB what if I paid for obedience classes this winter. If it does not work, I promise I will take him back."

Fluffs first class a bulldog growled at the little dog. Fluff attacked the bigger dog like a "Tiger." New name for Fluff.






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