"The greatest thing about golf, there's no end to it unless you're dead. You just go from here to the Senior Tour." - Fuzzy Zoeller
Family traditions are terrific. Most families who are really close carry on some traditions from the family of their birth, then form some new traditions with the new family into which they marry or with whom they form strong family relationships. The Sliva brothers – Don, Jim, John and I have developed a new tradition which binds us closer together as we age. The four of us make a natural, but certainly not professional golf foursome. We all live in different parts of Canada, but once a year we plan a Sliva Brothers Annual Golf Classic. Anyone watching us might think labeling it as "golf" is doing an injustice to a terrific game. However, it is "annual" and it is becoming "classic". We started our annual golf gatherings in 2007 and have continued them yearly since then, with a rotating host between Toronto, Winnipeg and Regina with occasional side trips to Saskatoon where our wonderful sister hosts our extravaganza.
The first year we had our tournament we didn’t have a tradition; so we just decided to have a best ball tourney with the older brothers, Don and me against the younger brothers, Jim and John. Our brother Jim is a fun-loving master of the pun, an inveterate story teller and a generous person. The second year of what was to become a great family tradition was 2008. That year my brother Jim bought us great team golf shirts with the following embroidered in gold on the front of each “Sliva Brothers 2nd Annual Golf Classic”. On the left sleeve of the older brothers’ team shirts he had embroidered “Team Old and Decrepit” and on the left sleeve of the younger brothers’ team shirts he had embroidered “Team Fat Bastards”. From that moment on we were christened and we instituted a terrific tradition which I hope we continue until the day we die – then carry it on in the Great Beyond. I guess that is the Senior Tour Fuzzy was talking about.
Gerald M. Sliva
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