Lee resident caddied for Ford in 75 pro-am pro-am pro-am South Fort Myers man, then 16, asked president for bag BY SETH SOFFIAN ssoffiannews-press.com ssoffiannews-press.com ssoffiannews-press.com As far as south Fort Myers resident Glenn Zakany knows, golf buff Gerald Ford was the only sitting U.S. president president to play in a professional pro-am. pro-am. pro-am. The event was the PGA Tour's Jackie Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic, now the Honda Classic, in Lauderhill in 1975. Zakany, a mop-haired mop-haired mop-haired junior at South Plantation High School at the time, also apparently was the only person in the United States who thought to write Ford a letter asking if he could caddie for him. He got the gig of a lifetime. "Out of 45,000 people there that day, 40,000 followed our group," Zakany, 48, said of a foursome that also featured Gleason, Bob Hope and Jack Nicklaus at Inverrary Golf & Country Club. "It was pretty intense." Zakany, who owns G to Z Turf Services, Services, a golf course supply company in south Fort Myers, said Ford told Zakany before their round to treat him like an ordinary person. "He was a nice guy, down to earth," Zakany said. "Wasn't a big head." See CADDIE A4 Also see President Ford's body laid to rest A4 EiAu -8e -8e ww - , -r'M- -r'M- -r'M- -m -m 4 - '4 v. SPECIAL TO THE NEWS-PRESS NEWS-PRESS NEWS-PRESS President Gerald R. Ford with caddie Glenn Zakany at the 1975 Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic at Lauderhill in Broward County.