Last year Flowers' 20-year-old daughter wrote to the Oakland Tribune's "Action Line" department asking for help in getting her golfing father invited to play in the Bing Crosby National Pro-Amateur tournament. "I know it is hard to get an invitation," she said, "but I would like very much to see him play in it." She added that he was an excellent golfer, which was true. Flowers plays to a two handicap, has won his club championship six of the last eight years and won a fund-raising tournament for the U.S. Open by eight strokes.
Months went by. Then last November a letter came from Crosby himself saying he would see what he could do, and in December Flowers was officially invited. "I was in shock," he said. "It was a super feeling." The Walter Mitty experience did not end there. At the Crosby, Flowers found himself paired with Orville Moody, who but for a missed short putt would have won the tournament. Which meant that last Sunday Bill Flowers, the club golfer, was on nationwide television. What a shame he could not somehow have been home at the same time to watch himself.