Whether it's work boots or spikes, McKay excels on the course

When he first started playing as a sub in the Tuesday Church League at West Ottawa Golf Course, Eric McKay got a lot of funny looks from the other golfers.
Matt DeYoung
Aug 9, 2012

Maybe it was because McKay, who works at Reenders Blueberry Farms in Grand Haven Township, would often show up at the course in his work boots and a well-worn T-shirt — a far cry from the polo shirts and the fancy golf shoes that many of the others wore.

Or maybe it was because McKay, who also had a habit of showing up in his flip flops, would routinely beat guys who had been golfing for longer than he'd been alive.

"I started playing probably 10 years ago," said McKay, now 25 years old. "I started getting serious 2-3 years ago, and I started subbing in the league. I would come out right from work in my work boots, or flip flops, because I like to golf with bare feet.

"I would shoot in the mid-40s, which was cool. I was as good as most of the guys out here. Then I started playing in the league, and I started shooting par. Now this year, I've shot below par once or twice. I'm usually right around par."

In two years into his stint as a regular at the Tuesday night league, McKay and his partner, Gord DeYoung, are two-time league champions.

McKay doesn't golf in work boots these days. He wears a pair of Nike golf shoes, which match his Nike irons and putter. Throw in a Taylor Made driver and he certainly looks the part of a golfer.

Performing like one has never been an issue.

"I had a zero handicap for about three weeks this year," he said. "Then I had a 1-2 handicap for a little while."

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