Chris Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group was trying to keep dry in the clubhouse at Glen Abbey Golf Club when his phone rang Saturday afternoon.
It was Kandi Mahan, wife of Armstrong’s client, Hunter Mahan, and she was about to drop some big news on Armstrong. She had gone into early labor.
Armstrong and the Mahans had discussed the possibility of this very scenario, but nobody expected it would happen so soon. The baby wasn’t due until Aug. 17, and Kandi had gone to the doctor for a routine checkup three days earlier and there was no indication of an early delivery.
But now Kandi was en route to a Dallas hospital as Armstrong hustled to the driving range, where Mahan, the 36-hole leader after rounds of the 67-64, was warming up. An 80-minute suspension of play due to dangerous weather in the area had pushed Mahan’s tee time back to 2:50 p.m.
Mahan had just finished the first part of his practice routine. He likes to putt first and had just arrived at the practice tee. He had struck two shots when Armstrong showed up and handed him his cell phone with little explanation.
“I thought the news should come directly from Kandi,” Armstrong said.
That wasn’t all Armstrong did. He deliberately positioned himself in front of a television cameraman so Mahan could have a semblance of privacy. Sports agents often get a bad rap. On this occasion, a golf clap is in order for a pair of classy gestures.
Armstrong might have shielded Mahan’s face from the camera, but viewers could still hear Mahan say to his wife, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, “Oh, you are,” and answer, “OK.” With a smile on his face, he packed up his gear, withdrew from the tournament and rushed to the airport to catch a private flight to Dallas.
Mahan arrived in Big D in plenty of time, landing at 6 p.m., and joined both sets of soon-to-be grandparents, Kandi’s two sisters and a brother-in-law, at the hospital.
“He was able to be with her for everything,” Armstrong said.
Zoe Olivia Mahan was welcomed at 3:26 a.m., weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces.
Leave it to “Golf Boys” buddy Ben Crane to put it best: “You’ll never hold a trophy as sweet as her.”
Mahan, by the way, also withdrew Monday from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, this week – giving him more time at home with his growing family.