TRANSITION PERIOD - "Time Out" for Golf
Golf had always been a big part of John B IV’s life. After the Triple Header Sale and the winding down of the Simmental operation was over, John B was in his mid-thirty’s. He was developing several real estate subdivisions in Texas and Montana, and for the first time since college days found time to work and perfect his golfing skills.
He took golf lessons from the very best teaching professionals in the country. Bob Toski, Davis Love, Jr., Butch Harmon, Peter Kostis, Lionel Hebert, Dave Pelz, and Paul Runyan. He gives Runyan credit for helping his scoring. For many years he was friends with Ben Hogan. Often when Mr. Hogan would see John B practicing at Shady Oaks CC in Fort Worth he would ask him if he needed any help. A quick response back of “ I sure do” was certain! Upon finishing, as Hogan would turn to walk away, without fail he would stop, look back and say in a loud voice for any onlookers to hear, “and don’t tell anyone what I told you.” John B cherishes the friendship and advice from the great golfer.