So, we've got our noses to the grindstone, trying to get the November issue of GCM finished before deadline. I have about three story folders on my desk. Chances of finding anything quickly in this mess? Slim.
Then my cell phone rings. Not a recognizable number. I answer.
"Hi Seth, this is Ben Crenshaw."
Oh! Hello. Here, let me find a place to take notes as I scatter all three folders off my desk...
I wasn't exactly expecting Crenshaw's call. A week ago, I emailed his agent requesting an interview. I hadn't heard anything back yet, and was actually preparing to email him again once we finished the November issue. And then Crenshaw went ahead and called me.
I've interviewed Crenshaw before. He's such a nice guy. I wanted to talk to him about his good friend Nick Price winning the Old Tom Morris Award.
As I scrambled to get myself prepared, I asked Crenshaw what year it was he won the OTM Award.
"Well, let me check -- I have it right here in my trophy case," he told me. "1997. It's one of my most treasured awards."
And then we chatted for about 20 minutes about his friend Nick Price, and why he deserved the award. I'll use the interview in my December cover story on Nick.
Anyway, it's fun when you get a random phone call, and it turns out to be a two-time Masters champion on the other end of the line.