Where does a PGA Tour golfer go to play a leisurely round with family and friends?
Culver Academies, of course, even on one of the hottest days of the year.
At least, if you are PGA professional Rick Lamb ’09, who is visiting his family in nearby South Bend, Ind. Lamb attended Culver his freshman year, with his athletic focus being hockey. He started school with his good friend Jared Beers ’09.
Beers went on to play hockey at the University of Notre Dame. But Lamb?
“I found out I wasn’t that good at hockey after all,” he laughed. “There were a lot of good players here.”
But he did find that he was very good at his second sport, golf. He played at the University of Tennessee and got his PGA Tour card two years ago. He played on the Tour last season and is now splitting his time between some PGA events and the Web.com Tour.
It has been 12 years since Lamb played the Academies course. He followed the course’s Langford and Moreau restoration project on social media. But he didn’t think about playing it until his twin brother, Scott ’09, played the course last summer.
“He told me I needed to get down here.” Lamb said. So he, his dad C.J. Lamb, and friend Quintyn Carpenter made arrangements to play Tuesday morning. Walking the course, they stopped briefly after playing the nine holes.
“It’s just an awesome course,” Lamb said. “It brings back a lot of memories.”
The new practice facilities and the golf house also impressed him, and Lamb was especially pleased to see the bunkers back.
“It’s so cool that they restored the bunkers. They didn’t have those when I was here. It’s such a great piece of property,” he added. “Not many high schools have their own golf course, and to see it restored like this. I had a lot of fun out here.”
Then the threesome picked up their clubs and walked off to play the first four holes again.