Heritage Tales: Local store has remedy for Nicklaus earache

While participating in the Heritage one year, Jack Nicklaus developed an ear problem. He came into our drugstore and our young pharmacist was thrilled to fill a prescription for the great Jack Nicklaus. However, even more thrilled was our teenage clerk whom Nicklaus asked to kindly drop the meds into his ears. She gingerly obliged. That young girl is now a registered nurse and director of acute care services at Hilton Head Hospital. She still has the autograph he signed for her and she joins me in presenting this fond memory.

Joann Capin and Debbie DeAbate

Hilton Head Island

Delay makes for endearing moments

My experience dates to 2005 and the Wednesday pro-am when I was a "walking marshal" in the group that included Darren Clarke and Stan Smith. After playing the back nine, the group approached the first tee and had a brief delay whereby Clarke took a seat on the bench at the back of the tee and lit a cigar. A spectator encouraged his little girl to run to the white tees, and he hurriedly snapped her picture. Clarke, watching the family photo-op, hastened to his bag, withdrew a 7 iron and approached the father and had his picture taken with the daughter showing her how to swing the club. Afterward the daughter ran back to her father. But Clarke hastened to his bag, withdrew a golf ball, drew a green shamrock on it and gave it to the little girl, thanking the father for the privilege. It was 4 p.m. with few spectators to see the personal touch, but I witnessed a very endearing moment often exhibited by tour players that are rarely captured by the media.

Jesse Iverson

Hilton Head Island