Scott McCarron walks down the aisle at PGA Tour Champions event

PGA Tour Champions pro Scott McCarron marries Jenny Klein at Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Scott McCarron walks down the aisle at PGA Tour Champions event

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Scott McCarron walks down the aisle at PGA Tour Champions event

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Wedding bells chimed on April 23 for PGA Tour Champions pro Scott McCarron and Jenny Klein.

But this wasn’t an ordinary wedding. McCarron, 50, got married in a spur-of-the-moment ceremony at the Chapel of the Ozarks at Top of the Rock after playing in the second round of the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf in Ridgedale, Mo.

“When we got there on Tuesday, we saw the chapel and we said, ‘Wouldn’t it be a beautiful place to get married someday?’ ” said McCarron, who has been in a relationship with Klein for four years.

‘Someday’ came soon after a talk with Tom Kite, who advised him, “If you have something you want to do, do it. Don’t wait.”

McCarron competed in the two-man team event with Brad Faxon. (They tied for 22nd.) On Wednesday, Faxon’s wife, Dory, who had never caught a fish, went bass fishing as part of the pro-am activities.

“We joked if she caught a fish, we’d get married,” said McCarron, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour. “Her guide caught one, and she reeled it in. So there’s a little technicality there.”

Still, the wheels were now in motion, and it felt like serendipity. McCarron and Faxon played Friday at Top of the Rock, the par-3 course at Big Cedar Lodge.

“After the round, Dory said, ‘I know what you guys are doing Saturday.’ I said, ‘What?’ She said, ‘Getting married.’ We kind of looked at each other and I said, ‘You know what? Let’s just do it.’

“Right when we said that, we were by the range and Kirk Elmquist, the tournament director, was there and we asked him if the chapel was available. He said, ‘If it is, I’ll marry you.’ It was boom, boom, boom.”

During dinner that night, Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris, who also owns the Big Cedar Lodge, stopped by the couple’s table and confirmed that the chapel was available for a Saturday evening wedding. While McCarron played his Saturday round, Klein went into Branson and found a gown and bought two rings at Kohl’s.

Faxon had a friend who lived in Branson and knew a harpist. Morris provided the resort’s bagpipe player. The resort also supplied a wedding cake and hors d’oeuvres. The Stadlers pitched in with champagne and the Frosts with the wine. “Pretty soon we had a party,” McCarron said. “By the time I was on the ninth hole, the wedding was planned. It was how to plan a wedding in 24 hours.”

Family, friends and fellow PGA Tour Champions players attended. Faxon served as best man. Peter Jacobsen walked Klein down the aisle. Mark O’Meara and his caddie, Rich Mayo, rounded out the groomsmen. Heather Lowery, wife of Steve, Brenda Calcavecchia, wife of Mark, and Meredith O’Meara, wife of Mark, were bridesmaids, and Dory Faxon was maid of honor.

Elmquist officiated the ceremony and said, “With the power invested in me by the PGA Tour, the PGA Tour Champions and Bass Pro Shops, I now pronounce you man and wife.”

“It was funny,” McCarron said. “We had some drinks, cut the cake and everyone was home by 9:30. We could’ve planned that thing for a year and it wouldn’t have turned out as good.”

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