Nick Price, One of a Kind
The Firestone Country Club will always hold a special place in Nick Price’s heart. His first victory on American soil was here in the 1983 World Series of Golf. At the time, a victory here earned the player a 10 year exemption on the PGA Tour and Nick would be the first to tell you that this exemption launched his career which included 3 major championships and 39 other professional wins.
Nick Price holds a special place in our hearts as well. Since that first victory Nick has done many things to endear us at the Club and especially the Locker Room staff. The night of his first victory, he asked the Locker Room staff to help celebrate with him since we were the only people he knew in Akron. They did and a bond was made that still exists 25 years later.
Each year, when Nick came, the relationship grew stronger. He always remembered everyone’s name from Paul to the boys in the shoe room. Nick not only was a contestant, but also a friend. One year Dick Robbins stopped by the Club on a Friday night with a van full of his three boys and their friends. They were on their way to a high school football game and Dick stopped by to grab a pairings sheet for the next day. Nick walked out with him to his van, climbed in and proceeded to spend a half hour talking, joking and laughing with the boys. He quickly gained 8 more fans.
It has been a number of years since Nick has played in a tournament at Firestone but the friendship remains. Just a few weeks ago, Nick called and talked to Paul and Dick. He just called to say hello and catch up on everything. Nick Price is truly one of a kind…a true friend of Firestone and a great ambassador of the game of golf.