BY JOCK MACKENZIE –Twice voted one of 50 best radio sports broadcasters in the United States.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become and still gently allows you to grow.
The day that Jim Canfield worked his heart out to become the first Mayor of Palm Coast that tag above fit him perfectly and it still does even though he has been out of office for more years than I can count.
His days now are enjoying this wonderful game of golf at Pine Lakes and Cypress Knoll, otherwise known as the Grand Club. And if you think he's an easy target, haul out your wallet and say good by to what's in it.
I asked him recently if he would make a return to office one more time and he responded in a single word. “No”. Yet, there is a lot of City Hall in his heart.
I can tell that because it's easy to read of his appearances there to assist in one way or another.
What most people have no way of knowing but as a resident of Staten Island he was born an orphan and most of his youthful years in a Foster Home. Yet he went on to earn his PHD and earned the title of Doctorate. In the years when he worked his heart out to become the first ever Mayor of Palm Coast he never once spoke of those tough early years. I've known him since 1995, helped him to make speeches at a radio station, played golf with him, voted for him with all my heart along with the hundreds I pleaded to do the same. Only within this week when I wanted to write about his golf and governing ability did I learn of the facts I just stated. Imagine, I've known Jim Canfield for 18 years and only now did I learn from the outside of the marvelous man this former two-time Mayor really was and is to this day.
But let's get down to the basics and that spells golf. He's a golfer and a good one. Along with his best pal, Jake Jacoby, they can sweep away whatever stands in their way. A week ago Jacoby, playing with Canfield and two others, nailed the Pine Lakes Course with a stunning round of 35 on the first nine holes and the rest was easy.
But the real truth of Canfield and Jacoby is that they are the two of the nicest people on the face of this earth, golf or no golf.
Count me as No. 1 on the list of people who are thankful that Staten Island let them leave to live in Florida.
And after what I told you a little about about two of the Staten Island people and now firmly in Palm Coast, Florida I'm hoping you'll bang the drums for another Golf Hall of Fame affair because I'll never know anyone anywhere more deserving for a packed house in Palm Coast than the pair of Jim Canfield and Jake Jacoby.
This wonderful golf layout just off Route One and a bit short of Bunnell, continues to grow by leaps and pounds. Rain or no rain, it doesn't matter, golfers are flocking to this18-Hole beauty.
Call Bryan Hill who represents Capstone golf and he'll provide all you need to know about tee times and all else that makes your golf day perfect.
Mike Pullen, an Alabama grad and a huge football fan, is the major cog there along with other courses on the Eastern Seaboard and a terrific guy to boot. What I'm saying is that people in play like Ray and Roger Epperson and Steve Spree, good golfers all, think it's a nifty place to play this game and this person, one enjoying many years on those links, fully agrees.
This popular golf shop for some five years here in Palm Coast, FL, is about to make sweeping changes and it all could happen within two weeks.
As owner David Bonyak explains, “Over the next few weeks we will be cleaning out most inventory at reduced prices. If you are capable please come and take advantage of this cleansing. You will get some great deals.”
Is Golf USA staying at their regular location? Yes they are. They are even bringing in new equipment while concentrating on, as Bosnyak says, to better serve all customers.
The new model? Provide the best club making in the area. Ted Baker has been here over 20 years providing this service and will continue.
Having personally knowing him over that span of time, I'm among those who agree fully. The guy is not just good, he's the best from here to the lowest tip of Florida.
Bosnyak says: “We will carry the essentials of golf for you, gloves, tees, balls, shoes, bags, etc. and order any product for you that they may not have in the store.”
So, don't wait. You have less than two weeks to swing into the best golf equipment in the Eastern Seaboard at sensationally low prices.
Golf USA is the store in Palm Coast and the prices sensational because they are cleaning house in preparation to an all new Golf USA at the same location.