After hopping on his motorcycle with golf clubs in tow to make a several-hundred-miles journey from Illinois to Florida, veteran golf course superintendent Tom Robinson never got the opportunity to win the GCSAA Golf Championship on the 10-year anniversary of his last triumph in the event.
When you have to make repeated visits to the emergency room, golf is an afterthought.
Robinson, GCSAA Class A superintendent at Ravinia Green Country Club in Riverwoods, Ill., tells GCM he is still recovering from surgery that was performed on him earlier this month to address the issue that was in part causing multiple nose bleeds, a problem which became so dangerous that Robinson was in jeopardy of losing his eyesight because of it.
"It's been a nightmare," Robinson, 61, says.
Robinson, winner of the 2004 GCSAA Golf Championship (pictured), took vacation and arrived several days before this year's championship to prepare for it in Orlando. He got there on his 2012 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle by avoiding weather-related perils, whether it was St. Louis or Memphis, areas that have felt the wrath of winter. Robinson says his golf clubs fit perfectly on his bike, thanks to an attachment he built right behind him on the cycle.