Every once in a while, you’re playing golf and a faster group comes up and wants to play through. Usually that group doesn’t have a former President.
Giovana Maymon, a sophomore on last year’s NCAA runner-up Baylor women’s golf team, was on the tee on the eighth hole at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco on Friday when she saw a pair of golfers approaching that looking in a hurry.
As it turned out, one of those two golfers was President George W. Bush, according to KWTV-TV.
Maymon suggested the pair could play through. However, President Bush recognized the Baylor logo on her hat and bag and asked if she was on the team. She said she was.
In response, Bush said, “Well then you’re playing with us! It’s not everyday you get to play with a national runner-up.”
Maymon and her playing partner, Baylor associate athletic director Bart Byrd, then played with Bush and his unidentified playing partner for two holes.
“He was really nice and was making jokes, which was good because I was really nervous playing golf with him,” Maymon said.
Maymon parred the eighth and bogeyed the ninth. Bush 43 bogeyed the eighth and parred the ninth. Maymon and Byrd stopped at the turn; they only planned to play nine. The former Commander-in-Chief said he was going to continue on with his quick 18, trying to get home to appease wife and former First Lady Laura. Ridgewood Country Club is about a 20-minute drive from the Bush’s Crawford, Texas, ranch.
“I’m from Mexico and everyone in the world knows George Bush,” Maymon said. “It was truly an honor.”