If clothes make the man, what do the Troy Rotary golf guys’ outfits say about them? They’re not afraid of the limelight and they enjoy a good laugh.
Larry Lassiter, Billy Maness, Kevin Smith and Eric Credle have been playing together in the Rotary district golf tournament for the last several years. This summer, Deloris Lassiter told Larry she thought they needed to do something to shake things up a little.
“We started checking out available golf slacks at the golf shops and on the Internet,” says Lassiter. “I contacted the other team members and they all agreed to it.” Although Maness’s one comment when asked about the pants was, “They made me wear them; I had no choice!”
What the Lassiters found online were golf slacks in big, bright, primary color polka dots, Loudmouth golf brand made famous by long-hitting PGA pro John Daly. Once the pants were in hand, they picked out the red shirts to go with them.
Lassiter said he, Maness and Smith rode together to the Thomasville tournament. “We did stop at a convenience store and at Hardees to get a sandwich. We got some strange looks at the convenience store. The cashier at Hardees said she liked those pants. She said, ‘You must be going to play golf’,” which Lassiter said he figured was pretty obvious. Who else would wear those pants?
“One of the customers, an older gentleman, wanted to know where he could get some pants like ours and another lady gave us the thumbs up, as she appeared to really like them,” Lassiter said.
“We got asked a couple of times if we’d packed ourselves into a tiny car to get to the course – like clowns in the circus,” Credle said.
One of their goals was to surprise the teams from the other Rotary clubs in the district, and Lassiter thinks that mission was definitely accomplished. “We were a big hit at the tournament and I think we may have some competition next year,” he said.
Credle said at first he was a little sensitive to how the looked in the wild outfits. “But as time went on, I appreciated the style we brought to the tournament. It was a fun thing to do as part of Rotary’s effort to finish eradicating polio once and for all. That goal is close”
Troy Rotary Club has a long history of working for and providing funding to assist in many local, national and international needs. Now they can add fashion trendsetters to their list of accomplishments.