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August 14, 2004

Briny Baird

Nice to see fellow Jupiter resident Briny Baird near the top of the leaderboard at the PGA Championship. I would be thrilled to see Briny Baird win this week. Briny has not won in 9 years on tour, but he has had some 2nd place finishes.

The first time you hear the name Briny Baird it makes you scratch your head and say "what in the hell kind of name is Briny?" It's a nickname that Briny has had since age 3. His mother called him Briny after a character in Herman Wouk's book The Winds of War.

I like Briny's sponsorship with Canon and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). At each PGA Tour event a photo of a local missing child is placed on his golf bag to raise awareness of missing children in the United States. It's good to see a golfer doing something to help children.

Briny's got golf in his blood, his father is Butch Baird, a member of the Champions Tour. Briny Baird, a Valdosta State graduate, says his biggest thrill in golf was "repeating as Division II champion and ending amateur career with a win."

I'd love to see Briny Baird become a 1st time winner this weekend. GO BRINY!

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