by Roz Roberts III
As Randy and I scour the Internet for articles and material for the Thompson Tide, we occasionally come across stories of how Michael has made someone's day a memorable one. These stories are always my favorite. If you've ever been to a PGA Tour event with Michael you know that this story is not unique and not unusual but is newsworthy in its sincerity.
The following story was posted on gazette.net, a website for local Maryland news. I've pulled out the first few paragraphs and provided a link to the full story...enjoy!
AT&T National: Practice means memories
Tour pros chat, sign autographs as they prepare for tournament
by Travis Mewhirter, Staff Writer
Matthew O'Connor turned around and flashed a 1,000-watt smile to the group of autograph hounds behind him at the 18th green at Congressional Country Club, proudly holding up his newest souvenir: a signed glove from Michael Thompson.
The 9-year-old from Potomac had been holding out his yellow AT&T National flag in hopes for another of what would wind up being more than a dozen signatures he would get throughout the day, returning instead with the autograph as well as Thompson's signed FootJoy glove.
“It's just fun,” said Thompson, who missed the cut at last weekend's Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut. “It's a great way to give back. If I gave the cold shoulder that wouldn't look too good on me or the Tour.”
Thompson hung around with the group of 10 or so beaming kids, chatting and signing and tossing out a few brand new balls before hopping on a cart back to the putting green during Tuesday's practice round for the AT&T National, which begins Thursday.