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August 15, 2013

Moreland reunites with famous friend

OTTUMWA — To honor a friendship that stretches all the way back to the early 1960s, Bob Moreland recently made a long trek to Rochester, N.Y. to honor one of golf's all-time greats.

Moreland, the retired head professional of Ottumwa Country Club, surprised his old friend Lee Trevino by making the 900 mile trip to see Trevino receive the PGA Distinguished Award before the PGA Championship.

"I just wanted to suprise him, so it worked out really well," Moreland said.

Because of their conflicting schedules, the two old friends don't see each other too much anymore, although they try to keep in contact. There was a time, however, when Trevino and Moreland saw each other everyday. In fact, when they both lived in Dallas, the two played golf together five days a week.

"We played a lot of practice rounds together," Moreland said. "I would say he won the majority of the time. I knew he was going to be good."

Although Moreland doesn't play much tournament golf anymore, he still finds time to hit the links — he said he plays at the Ottumwa Country Club a few times a week. When he's not playing golf, he likes to indulge his other hobby: fishing.

"I haven't done much fishing this year," Moreland said. "I like to fish the little rivers in northeast Iowa."

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