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Glenn - Lee resident caddied for Ford in 75 pro-am...
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 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.

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