PERSONAL  HEADCOVERS


Miller BARBER

Nick FALDO

Raymond FLOYD

Stephen GALLACHER

issued for the 2006 Open Championship

John GARNER

used during the 1973 Ryder Cup

Carole SEMPLE-THOMPSON

used during the 1998 Curtis Cup

Betsy KING

Robert LANDERS


Every decent golfer, or those who think they are decent, talks about making a

 run at the Champions Tour when they turn 50. Guaranteed money. No cuts.

 Playing from a shorter distance. Robert Landers really didn’t have those thoughts

 in mind back in 1994. Back then, the 51-year-old Landers wanted to give the

 Senior Tour a shot for a different reason.

“The only reason why I tried in the first place was so I could get something put on

 an application to get a job in golf somewhere,” he said. “What were the odds of

 something happening?”

Unlike those dreamers, who either fail to act upon their words or who quickly get

 put in their place because of the strength of competition, Landers secured his

 Senior Tour card for the 1995 season after finishing tied for sixth during the

Q-School finals.

You remember him. The cattle farmer from Azle with the unorthodox swing. The

 guy who played homemade clubs and hit balls on his farm. The “Moo Crew”. The

 Dickies sponsorship.

His story made him an instant celebrity and a media darling. Senior Tour veterans

 Chi Chi Rodriguez, Lee Trevino and Raymond Floyd befriended Landers.

 Magazines and television shows wanted to know his story. Everywhere he teed it

 up, fans would show up dressed as cows. Yet, all the ballyhoo surrounding

 Landers confused him.

“Everything was happening too fast,” he said. “[Wife Freddie and I] tried to

 answer every phone call and letter. We did our best to keep up.”

Landers played in 33 events during that 1995 season, making $77,378.

 Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to secure his card. He played on the Senior

 Tour again in 1996, but lost his card at the end of the season. He tried once more

 to qualify for the Senior Tour the following season, but didn’t finish high enough in

 the Q-School finals.

Today, Landers is still raising cattle, and many other animals, on his farm in Azle.

 And he’s still playing golf on a regular basis at his home club, Cross Timbers Golf

 Course. Now 66, Landers has aspirations for another accomplishment.

“I haven’t shot my age yet,” he joked. “I’ve shot 68 twice, though. And both

 rounds started with a bogey on the first hole.”

When he’s not playing at Cross Timbers, Landers is working there doing a variety of

 things. On any given day he could be the assistant superintendent, course

 designer, pro emeritus. What he enjoys the most is teaching juniors all about the

 great game of golf. And even though the kids don’t know about the “Moo

 Crew” or his stints on the Senior Tour, Landers does enjoy seeing the joy the sport

 brings to them.

“I try to introduce the game to as many as possible,” he said. “We’ve had free

 clinics and I’ve been giving away free clubs to any and all juniors.”

Landers vividly recalls all the wonderful courses he got to play on the Senior Tour,

 and how they were always in pristine condition whenever the Tour rolled into

 town.


Renee RICHARDS

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Tom WATSON