Cory Ferrell passed a major test early on in his relationship with Jennifer Broggi, the woman he ended up marrying.
Jennifer, a Naperville native, met Cory, a Maryland native, in Ohio during a golf professional training program in Columbus, Ohio, in October 1999. The couple, both of whom are gof pros (Cory at Seven Bridges, Jennifer at Glendale Lakes), have been together ever since, through thick, thin and Midwest chill.
Jennifer: "After Cory and I meet we exchange information and kind of start talking to each other on a regular basis, developing a relationship. That's when cell phones were just starting.
Cory: "There were no rollover minutes."
Jennifer: "Cory says, I think I want to come out to see you in Chicago; I've never been out to Chicago.' I said all right, that's fine, and he comes Thanksgiving weekend. I told Cory to bring his winter coat because we were probably going to Chicago to see the Christmas lights at Marshall Field's. So I pick him up at the airport and he's got a windbreaker on and I say, 'Where's your winter coat? and he says, "This is my winter coat." I said 'Oooookaaay,' because at night you needed the parka. We went to Chicago for the weekend and out with friends."
Jennifer, turning to Cory: "My dad offered you his winter coat, but you were too manly to accept it."
Cory, turning to Jennifer: "I could never have imagined how cold it was really going to be. Nothing in my mind would have ever related it. The highest up in the (Maryland) I would have been was probably (near) Pennsylvania, but never during the fall season. So Chicago being around the lake, I had no concept of 1) where i was even going, and 2) the wind was just incredible."
Jennifer: "So there we were walking around downtown walking around the Marshall Field's lights, and you had your little windbreaker. You didn't (complain), probably because your teeth were frozen shut, but I remember your lips were chattering. You had to have been miserable."
Cory: "I had blue lips. Her and her girlfriends were yukking it up, (saying things like), 'Nice date you brought there, Jen.' It was my first experience with cold, and I just grinded right through it."
It was all worth it for the Ferrells, who celebrated their first anniversary in February.