When Fred Puckett collapsed at the 17th hole of the Camp John Hay golf course on June 25, it was the last time the top local golfer used his irons as he expired a few hours later.
Seventeen in numerology is referred to as stairway to heaven, brother Larry Puckett told this writer in a private message on June 27.
The brother, now based in Japan, told this writer that his brother died playing the sport he love the most and had been successful with the number of titles he won in local golf competitions especially in the Fil-Am Golf Invitational Tournament.
It was sorts of a premonition that he collapsed and died on the 17th hole.
A flightmate who is a physician performed CPR on Puckett awaiting for the ambulance to bring him to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
He was 72.
Son Mikee said that his father’s body lies in state at their home at Greenwater Village and might have a 10-day wake.
“For now wala pang final date (for his interment). Yung wake nya is 10 days (For now, there is no final date yet. The wake will be 10 days),” said the son through private message.
Puckett was part of the Camp John Hay golf team that failed to annex the first two editions of the Seniors division when it was launched in 2004, but would later win three straight between 2014 and 2016. He would later join the Pugo Adventure which he helped win the Seniors Fil Championship in 2018.
Puckett teaches golf at Camp John Hay golf where many of the local players were his students.