Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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July 15, 2013

BACK FOR MOORE

Russell native cherishes time as a scorekeeper at the Greenbrier Classic

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Last Sunday, Russell native Dr. Stuart Moore found himself in the winning spotlight at the Greenbrier Classic.

It wasn’t because he made a surge late in the day to claim victory — that was Jonas Blixt. It was because he was the walking scorer for the Blixt’s group.

For Moore, who volunteered at his third Greenbrier Classic, getting to spend Sunday with the winner was pretty exciting.

“It’s fun to be with the winner,” Moore laughed. “There was just so much emotion and uncertainty around that final day. I even got some pictures with him during the rain delay.”

Moore has been a volunteer walking scorer for the past eight years. His first tournament was the 84 Lumber Classic back in 2005.

Ever since that first time, Moore could be seen somewhere at a PGA tournament, most recently at the Greenbrier Classic, where Moore and his wife Lori own a house near by.

Lori also volunteers with handicapped tournament guests. She loves the people and the tournament atmosphere.

Stuart does it simply because he loves golf.

“I just enjoy the up-close contact with the players,” Moore said. “I love to play golf myself, and when you’re around them the caddies offer tips sometimes and they are pretty good golfers too. It’s just amazing to be around the sport you love.”

Along with following the eventual winner, Moore was assigned to groups featuring some of the PGA’s top names.

On Saturday, Moore followed Johnson Wagner — he held the tournament lead for most of the weekend.

And on Thursday, Moore was assigned the most intriguing group of golfers of the first round. His threesome featured 2012 Greenbrier winner Ted Potter Jr., Masters winner Bubba Watson, and golf superstar Phil Mickelson.

And like many at Greenbrier Country Club last weekend, Moore was disappointed Mickelson didn’t make the cut to the weekend.

“I’ve been volunteering for a while and it’s exciting to get a group of major interest,” Moore said. “You just wish Phil would’ve played better. After we were done, he signed his glove and gave it to me. That’s a special memory.

“You never know what to expect from some of the players.”

Along with volunteering at the actual tournament, the Moores have also provided hospitality and living accomodations to a couple of caddies this year.

One of his guests even took him into the equipment trailers, which is closed off to the public. This is where golfers get their grips, clubs, hats, tees and more for the tournament.

After spending a majority of the week with the men behind the golfers, Moore is impressed with how much work goes into being a caddie.

“Just to see the life they live and that it’s pretty hard as a caddie,” Moore said. “Especially when they aren’t winning. When they miss a cut they say it’s ‘slamming the trunk on the tournament.’”

Moore also kept score at the pro-am event on Wednesday, and enjoyed concerts from Kenny Chesney and Aerosmith as part of the festivities.

All in all, Moore said that as long as his health keeps up, he’ll be out there helping as much as he can.

“Each year it seems to get a little better,” Moore said. “It’s a fun week.”

KYLE HOBSTETTER can be reached at khobstetter@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2658.

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