Last year, when the U.S. Open was played in Bethesda Maryland, the Mahaney clan had the privilege of hosting Webb Simpson, his lovely wife, Dowd, and their baby boy, James, for dinner. It was a delightful evening—in spite of the intermittent rain which forced us to take our outdoor meal inside for a time.
This young couple is humble, earnest, and lots of fun. They graciously shared their time and opened their lives to us—answering all our questions about how they met, came to know Jesus Christ, and how Webb got started in golf. Webb even gave the guys a brief golf lesson before the night was over.
Two things impressed me most about Webb and Dowd. First of all, their gratitude to God for His mercy in the cross of Jesus Christ, and for giving them to each other. And secondly, their earnest desire to glorify the Savior—not just publicly on the PGA Tour, which Webb does consistently and unashamedly—but in their day-to-day life that no one sees: in their marriage, in their parenting, in their church.
So, as you can imagine, there was lots of cheering in the Mahaney household last night when Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open. We’re still cheering this morning!
Equally impressive was Dowd’s support of her husband—she walked all eighteen holes, even though she is seven months pregnant!
Congratulations you guys! We love you and pray God will continue to strengthen your marriage, your family, and your gospel witness.