Golf couple competing in the Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championships offers advice on how to get along on the course
Lynn Cormier told his wife, Lu, something when the two first married 21 years ago that seems shocking today.
“He said, ‘Sell your clubs. I’ll never play,’” Lu recalled.
The Cormiers, who live in Missouri City, Texas, laugh when retelling the tale. This week, they’re the only couple competing in the Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championships at PGA West.
“I was a country boy. I didn’t know what golf was,” Lynn admitted. “Once I started, I was hooked. It’s all we do now. All of our vacations are centered around golf.”
The couple dabbled in the game initially before getting serious several years ago, taking lessons.
“He got a lot better; I didn’t,” Lu said.
The two offer some good advice about rules when it comes to couples golf.
Rule 1: Don’t coach your wife. “You can coach every other person’s wife, but you come out way ahead by getting her lessons (with somebody else),” Lynn said.
Rule 2: The Cormiers have learned to deal with their differences. Lu believes her husband is too focused when he plays. Lynn admits Lu sometimes talks too much. They’ve since learned to compromise. “Have some leeway,” Lynn said. “Don’t dominate each other.”
Rule 3: Let the woman drive. “She can park it in the shade (while he tees off) and he won’t pass up the (women’s) tee box,” Lu said. “I always try to drive. Most guys don’t like it.”
Despite their differences, they like playing together. “I really learn a lot when I play with him,” Lu said. “He taught me chipping. I help him with his putting. We help each other.”
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