Ironworker Craig MacIntyre, 46, bought a ticket to the Greater Grand Rapids ( Mich.) Open because Zembriski was entered. MacIntyre shook his hand and gave him an IRONWORKERS LOCAL 340 T-shirt. MacIntyre had never been to a golf tournament.
"I don't follow people around much," said MacIntyre. "I came here to share the brotherhood. Walt got into another line of work, but he's still got that hard, manual, build-America attitude. Construction is hard, dangerous work. It bonds guys together. That's why I'm here—to give him support."
Zembriski is smaller than all but a few of the seniors, littler even than Littler. He has to stay sharp to keep up with the legends, most of whom still outdrive him. Jim Dent leads the seniors with an average drive of 274.6 yards. Zembriski ranks 47th at 248.1 yards. He is still a grinder. "He would have made a great leadoff hitter," says Terry. "Wait would figure out a way to get on base."
"Walt is an example of what can happen if you're a pretty good player," says Palmer, who's still Zembriski's hero. "He played the mini-tour and had some success, took that experience and applied it to the Senior tour. He's a scrapper, a player of great endurance. I think it's great that a man can come right off the street—if he can play—and enjoy a life-style he's never had."
"I'm loving it," says Zembriski. " Bob Charles is probably the best one out here right now, but I'm close to him. I play hard every day, and I got no nerves. I never ever choke."
There is a Polish adage, said when friends come together, link arms and lift drinks: "Staro?? nie rado??" ("To get old is not fun"). For Zembriski the opposite is true. "Once you've walked a six-inch beam 50 floors off the ground, a three-foot putt doesn't scare you," he says.