Those far from home take part in Thanksgiving festivities at World Cup

November 24, 2011
Joel Schuchmann, PGA TOUR staff

It wasn’t the traditional Thanksgiving most Americans are used to, turkey and football. But it certainly was a memorable evening for those in attendance at Mission Hills Golf Club following the first round of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

Hosted by Tenniel Chu, Executive Director of Mission Hills Golf Club, the dinner allowed those far away from home and family to celebrate Thanksgiving, albeit a bit differently. Those in attendance included the U.S. squad of Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland, Colombia’s Camillo Villegas, who makes his home in Jupiter, FL, caddies, PGA TOUR vice-president of Rules and Competitions Slugger White and various other guests far away from home.

The meal consisted of duck rolls, salmon and ham, with soup and salad for appetizers.

Completing the night, rounds of karaoke was sung by those in attendance in between the many toasts. One of the night’s highlights was Kuchar’s A cappella version of his alma mater’s fight song, “(I'm a) Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech,” earning top honors amongst the voters. PGA TOUR Communications Manager Chris Reimer finished second with a stirring rendition of Air Supply’s “All Out Of Love.” In closing, all in attendance joined together, passing the microphone to sing the classic folk anthem “American Pie.”

While the evening was all in good fun, the comments from those in attendance were heartfelt.

“I have to tell you, this is my first karaoke Thanksgiving,” said Kuchar. “We (as golfers) have a great life, but you also miss holidays such as Thanksgiving at home. But being with my wife, and my other family, those in this room, rules officials, media staff, sponsors, that spend weeks at a time on the road with us, is pretty special for us.”