So Henry posted photos on his Twitter account (@jjhenrygolf) in an effort to convince the doubters. And he’s clearly shown with President George W. Bush, one of his Monday playing partners, and posing next to his new white Mercedes, which he earned for winning a closest-to-the-pin shootout among touring pros who participated in a Dallas fund-raising event to benefit Project Shelter.
“Pictures don’t lie,” Henry said after Monday’s memorable day. “But nobody believes me because it’s April Fool’s Day. When I called my wife, she didn’t believe, first of all, that I was playing with the President. And, second, she didn’t believe that I won a Mercedes. I’m still not sure she’s buying it. But, man, what an April Fool’s Day.”
Henry said he won the car by firing a 66 at Preston Trail Golf Club to qualify for the post-round competition, then hit a shot within nine feet at the par-3 hole to finish closest to the pin.
The ironic twist is that Henry recently teamed with Courtney Connell, head golf professional at Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth, when Connell won a vehicle from the same sponsor _ Fin Ewing Mercedes _ at a charity event in November for winning a closest-to-the-pin competition between club pros. Because the team competition required a touring pro to team with a club pro, Connell said: “If not for J.J., I wouldn’t have been able to play in that event.”
Now, both of them are driving new cars. Even if Henry is struggling to get people to believe he really won one on April Fool’s Day.
_ Jimmy Burch