Barbara Plecker knew that her son Joe was going to be a golf pro when he was in high school.
She recalled a round of golf she played with her then-17-year-old son and her parents at Longview Golf Course in Timonium.
"I am such a hacker," his mother said. "I hit a ridiculous shot on this one hole and it went into a trash can and everybody was laughing. We got to the next hole and Joe looked at me and said, 'This is not a joke. This is my life.' I said, 'I'm so sorry.' He said, 'That's OK, you only do what you can do.'"
In some ways, that was the first golf lesson Joe Plecker ever gave.
A little more than a quarter-century later, Plecker's...