A Shining Star
In less than two years on the Senior tour, Larry Gilbert has amassed more than $1 million in prize money. This from a former Kentucky club pro who had only $4,000 to his name before joining the circuit, who was denied a request for $15,000 in Senior seed money by the company whose clubs he had used and promoted for 25 years and who as a teenager in the mid-'50s picked up pocket change by shining combat boots at Fort Knox. One of Gilbert's frequent customers at the Army base was Walt Zembriski, then a PFC, now a veteran of 10 Senior campaigns. "I don't remember if Walt was a good tipper," says Gilbert. "But if he was anything like he is today, I doubt it. Walt likes to hold on to his money."
Would the 32nd-ranked Zembriski let the 11th-ranked Gilbert shine his shoes? "Shine my shoes!" says Zembriski. "I'd rather have him caddie for me."