The February 14 City Council meeting was one of the best attended in recent memory. That shows just how much folks around here love Ken Still, who had a long career on the PGA Tour. He had three victories on the Tour, but he’s best known for playing on the 1969 Ryder Cup team with good friend Jack Nicklaus.
When he arrived at the meeting, Ken knew we were honoring him with a proclamation recognizing his birthday (Feb. 12) and naming him the City of Fircrest’s Goodwill Ambassador to the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. What he and his wife Linda didn’t know was that Councilmember Matthew Jolibois had arranged to present Ken with letters of congratulations from Nicklaus, Juan “Chi Chi” Rodriguez, Raymond Floyd and Ron Read, the longtime official starter of the U.S. Open and the first USGA official to take a look at the possibility of bringing the championship to Chambers Bay.
During the meeting, I had the opportunity to present a letter from my boss, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, who noted that we’ll need ambassadors like Ken to help educate the community about what it’s like to have a U.S. Open in your back yard. U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks also sent a letter.
Ken and his family and friends were visibly moved by the event. And it was nice of News Tribune golf writer Todd Milles to be there to capture the moment for the local paper.