Pro Golfer DeWitt Weaver “Refuses to Be Silent”


Near the end of 2008, I identified what I considered the worst communication blunders of the year. If you missed my article, here’s the link:

I invited responses from newsletter readers. Before I share the comment that came from DeWitt Weaver, here’s a brief introduction to the man.

DeWitt Weaver is one of the finest professional golfers Georgia has produced. Among his golf milestones:

*Played PGA Tour, 1967-76, won two tournaments
*Played Senior PGA Tour, starting in 1989, won one tournament
*Won Georgia PGA Championship 5 times
*Won Georgia Open 4 times
*Georgia Player of the Year, 1980, 1981
*Inducted into Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, 1998
*Inducted into Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 2003

A multisport athlete during his student days at SMU, DeWitt earned a reputation as one of the longest drivers on the PGA tour. I still remember watching him practice at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, landing his tee shots near the end of the uphill range, as he prepared for the American Golf Classic. No other practice shots were near his.

I met DeWitt during one of my speaking engagements a few years ago. Anyone who meets him recognizes right away that DeWitt is a caring man of deep conviction. The photo of him, his wife Sheri and their grandchildren portrays one of his priorities quite clearly.

Also, DeWitt has supported his church and numerous civic and charitable causes for decades, and participates in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Speaking from this vantage point, DeWitt responded to my “Worst Blunders” by identifying another communication blunder as one that should be added to my list. Here’s the situation:

Washington State’s Governor Christine Gregoire allowed this sign to be placed beside a nativity scene and a Menorah in the capitol during the holiday season:

“At this season of the winter solstice, may reason prevail.
There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world. Religion is but a myth and
superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

The incident drew national attention, with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly saying that Gregoire had embarrassed Washington State and the nation.

Why did DeWitt Weaver speak out on this display of defiance?

His answer: “I refuse to be silent on what is right and correct. Thanks for Heaven and Jesus.”


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