Bedford native still remembered
as one of the great instructors
by golf legends he influenced
By Justin Sokeland
“There is no remembrance of former things, neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.”
Too many prominent people worry about their legacy. How will they be remembered when they are gone? What will be chronicled about them? That’s a little arrogant, considering life is but a vapor that vanishes.
Jim Flick, one of the greatest teachers in the history of golf, had many reasons to consider his place in history. And he cared nothing about it. That’s why, almost four years after his death, the Bedford native is still revered by great men who pause to reflect on the impact Flick had on their lives.
His hometown, thanks to the efforts of the Bedford Recreation Foundation, Flick’s widow Geri and the Parks Department, dedicated the new teaching facility in Flick’s honor on Monday afternoon, and the sparkling Jim Flick Memorial Golf Center at Otis Park is a fitting tribute to a humble man who spent his career teaching thousands. From Jack Nicklaus, still the greatest of all time, to the weekend hacker, to the young and brash kid who needed proper guidance, Flick lived to serve.
That’s why Tom Lehman, a former British Open champion and Ryder Cup captain, drove from Columbus, Oh. – taking time away from his preparation for the U.S. Senior Open – to attend the official ceremony and ribbon cutting for the new indoor training facility. Lehman, back in 1990, was that brazen rookie who knew he was good but was smart enough to know what he lacked. Flick helped him discover it.