I sit here right now overlooking the practice green and 1st tee, and my kids are off in the diner area of the clubhouse getting sandwiches and doing homework. It’s a great job; not really even a job. It’s getting paid to enjoy one of my favorite passions; golf. And as I sit here, it occurs to me that I am who I am now mostly because of this game. So, I made a list of my own golf lessons; that have kept me grounded over the years.

1. Be honest. If you carded a bogey, you carded a bogey. Plain and simple. Accept it and move on.

2. Rules aren’t meant to be broken.

3. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Golf humbles you very quickly.

4. Find a passion in life. When you find it, don’t take it for granted.

5. Cheaters never win, and winners never cheat.

6. Keep a positive attitude. Sometimes, you’re going to fall. When you do, get back up.

7. Don’t argue when you know you’re wrong. That actually helped me a lot in marriage.

8. Take the time to be thankful for the gifts of nature. If you’ve ever seen a foggy course at sunrise, you know what I mean.

9.  Be on time.

10. Be patient.

11. Be courteous.

12. It’s a lot more fun when you have a partner beside you.

13. Find a job that makes you feel like you never have to work a day in your life.

April 14, 2010

Whitney, right before accepting my challenge and beating my tail off…

She’s an amazing tennis player, and the court is to her like the golf course is to me; a sanctuary.

Augusta bonding

April 5, 2010

Almost every year since he was 2, I’ve been taking T.J. to The Masters tournament in Augusta, GA. Just a couple hours north of us, it was always a different world for him. As he grew, our trips changed. In the beginning, it was all about the golfers for him. He met Jack Nicklaus. He met Tiger Woods. He got autographs and pictures of all his favorite golfers. But in the last few years, our four days there grew more into a bonding experience for the two of us. T.J. will be the first to tell you that golf ranks somewhere around 4th on his list of favorite sports. But the experience there propels it to 1st or 2nd for just a few days every April. This year will be different. He’s a senior in high school this year, and he’ll be leaving for college in just a few short months. Will our time at Augusta leave with him? I don’t know. Would I be able to ask his professors to excuse my son for those four days? Hey, it’s important. Tiger Woods might need someone to help line up his shot. Sergio Garcia might need help choosing his club. Who knows what might happen! You see, Professor So-and-so, it’s very important that we be there. 😉 So as I head out this year, a lot of mixed feelings head with me. For T.J., I’m sure it’s just another experience. For me, it’s so much more than that. And for my girls who are staying with friends this Thursday-Sunday; it’s, in their words, “Seriously? Yes! Yes! Woohoo!”

 

Final Four

April 3, 2010

It’d be a crime in this part of the country to not root for Duke to overcome the competition, but I’d like to see the Butler Bulldogs take it home this year. It’s true basketball; David knocking out Goliath.