Eddie the border collie chased geese and squirrels. He loved to run. And quite a run he had.
A four-legged feature in the grounds department at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Eddie the border collie was there in 2002 for the PGA Championship. He also was on the scene in 2009 when Y.E. Yang snatched the PGA Championship from Tiger Woods.
For all of the buzz that filters through the grounds department this week, as the Ryder Cup countdown continues toward Friday's opening matches, some sadness accompanies the proceedings, at least for those whose hearts have a special place for Eddie.
You see, in mid-August, Eddie passed away.
"We hoped he would make it for this," says Hazeltine National golf course technician Keith Conway, whose family provided Eddie, who was 15, with his home.
Born in October 2000, Eddie was named by Conway's wife. "She always said she wanted someone named Eddie, whether it was a dog or child. The dog came first," says Conway, father of two boys now.
Conway says that Eddie (who is pictured here when GCM visited Hazeltine National in late spring) was loving, playful, and would sleep in the truck on the way home following those on-the-run days at the golf course.
A golf course that won't forget Eddie.