COSTA MESA — Geoff Cochrane knew that Tuesday would be a great day before he even set foot on the golf course at Mesa Verde Country Club.
Cochrane and his Santa Ana Country Club teammates didn't shoot well, finishing in last place at the Jones Cup with a team total of one-over par. Santa Ana is still the only team to never win the 11th annual event.
Yet the day meant so much more for the club pro. His father, Hank, was his caddie, and just months earlier that might have seemed impossible.
Hank Cochrane went in for a routine surgery last September and the doctors found some blockages. He ended up having quadruple bypass surgery and also had an aortic root replacement. Hank was in the hospital for three-and-a-half months; the surgeon later told the family that he lived despite just a 1% chance of survival.
Tuesday, then, was a special time for father and son.