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"Anyway, we were paired together. I was kind of scared. 'Will I miss the ball,' I thought, 'when I get out there with her?'
" 'She's a great girl' some friends of mine told me. 'You'll never forget her.' Braven Dyer introduced us on the tee.
"I said, 'Hi, Babe.'
"She said, 'Hi, George.' She had read the papers, too. A photographer out there said, 'Do you mind taking a picture together? Put your arms around her.'
" 'Put my arms around her?' I asked. I was embarrassed at doing those things to a girl I just met, but Babe looked at me and smiled.
" 'Sure, put your arms around me,' she said.
"Somehow with her the whole world changed."
Zaharias wasn't thinking about what he was saying. His faraway expression seemed to indicate he was thinking of the time itself when he met the girl who has been his wife for nearly 18 years.
"The grass got greener," he went on. "The birds were singing sweeter, the golf got better, the crowd got bigger. They seemed to sense something. It seemed like electricity was popping everywhere. I wanted to walk close to her. After three or four holes, compliments were flying right and left to each other.
"I said, 'Honey, you're my kind of girl.' She smiled and said, 'You're my kind of guy.'