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  • Bill Chastain

Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season

Hurricane season always brings to mind Eddie Flom.

Though Eddie passed in 2013, he remains a South Tampa treasure. The “Mayor of South Tampa” had a beautiful personality, was well read, and he accrued more than his share of life experiences, including 18 holes in the aftermath of Hurricane Elena in 1985.

Seems Eddie, along with younger brother Mark, felt a round would be in order.

“After hearing my Grandmother Ruth’s entire joke repertoire, we decided it was time to go to Palma Ceia,” Eddie told me several years ago. “We were just going to see how far we could hit our drivers.”

Instead, the course conditions were conducive for a round. (Insert Carl Spackler here: "I'd keep playing. I don't think the heavy stuff's going to come down for quite a while.")

The long drive of the day occurred on No. 14, a 422-yard par 4 from the blue tees. The hole pointed directly north, which allowed tee shots to receive the maximum in wind support.

“Mark hit about a 380-yard drive,” Eddie said. “He had a little sand wedge to the green.”