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Golfing With Bruce Boudreau


By Tracy A. Woodward - TWP


A couple weeks back, a Washington Post editor, photographer, videographer and I accompanied Bruce Boudreau and his son Ben around Congressional's blue course for some chatter and action shots concerning the coach and his love of golf. There will be a video, newspaper story and more photos coming later today tomorrow. Check back then.

For now, suffice it to say that we learned one important thing about Bruce Boudreau: he wishes he could learn how to fish, but he can't, because he's leery of worms. Really.

"You know how people have phobias?" he said, when the topic was raised. "I'm deathly afraid of worms."

It was suggested that opposing fan bases might have some fun with this.

"As long as they don't throw them down from the stands, I'm good," he said. No one from Pittsburgh get any ideas, ok?

I don't want to give away too much of the good golfing stuff, nor Boudreau's final score. Also, hockey talk was off limits, except for moments when Boudreau would sink a firm six-footer and say things like "Sometimes that's all you need, is a slapshot." But here's one bit of dialogue, when the gents were teeing off on No. 9.

"That's as far as I can hit it," Boudreau said, after unloading on a ball.

"That's your long drive?" Ben asked, with a smirk.

"Yeah, that's my long drive," Boudreau confirmed. "I knew you were gonna say that, whippersnapper."

Ben teed off. At about a 65 degree angle to the right.

"Good drive!" Boudreau said to his son. "If you don't mind being behind some trees."

("He starts to talk trash, I'm coming back at him," the coach explained.)

Anyhow, Boudreau drives past Congressional every single day on his way to work, which is part of the reason he was so thrilled to play the blue course.

"This is the stuff that excites me," he said. "Looking at beautiful golf courses is so much better than looking at arenas, because I see them every day."

And why golf?

"When you go home, if you're competitive like me, you go back and think about every shot you missed, and you say, 'I know I can shoot 72, I know it.' That's what makes golf so great and so difficult."

(We also took a tour of the clubhouse after the round; Boudreau looked for a shirt--"I need something slimming," he said--saw the pub where members lined up five-deep to watch the Caps in the playoffs, and reviewed a list of prominent ex-members, filled with DuPonts and Astors and Rockefellers. "How'd they get in?" Boudreau asked.)

Ok, check back later today tomorrow for the video and photos and story, and remember that Boudreau's playing in the Pro-Am tomorrow morning at Congressional.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2009; 10:59 AM ET
Categories:  Caps , Golf  
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Comments

Seriously? Dude. You can get plastic worms and all sorts of artificial lures (or flies if you want to go that route).

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For now, suffice it to say that we learned one important thing about Bruce Boudreau: he wishes he could learn how to fish, but he can't, because he's leery of worms. Really.

"You know how people have phobias?" he said, when the topic was raised. "I'm deathly afraid of worms."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 30, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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