• A few thoughts on my golf games

    Over the the last month or so, Prairie has had a couple of real swell golf tournaments, to raise specific funds for advancing education and international practicums. I love golf, and honestly would rather be on a golf green with friends than behind a desk any day.
    The first event was held at the beautiful Sundre golf course. One player mentioned to me the fact that millions of dollars have gone into revamping the course. The course was absolutely beautiful, my companions wonderful and the rain and hail held off until dinner. What could be better than that?  Oh ya, steak dinner to boot.
    The second event was held at the memorable Three Hills golf course. The weather was blustery, somewhat grey with a hint of sunshine but filled with terrific new companions and great golf. Both of these golf ventures helped me to ponder some outcomes…golf is about relationship and accomplishment.

    First, golf is not really about a small white ball, some clubs and green grass.  Golf would be nothing without relationships. Even though I am a terrible golfer, the companions on both expeditions made my day with good laughs and memories.  I realized that golf is about observing each other.  I was aware of the fact that I would subconsciously and consciously monitor swings, stances and the thousand other things needed to scrutinize.  If you want to be better at the game, you need to watch living models. If you golf lone ranger style, you have no one to model and you can’t really say you had a terrific game because you have no witnesses.

    Second, golf is about the sense of accomplishment.  In both tournaments we played best ball, we experienced the power of team. We all worked with each other and experienced a lot of synergy in spite of a meager golf score. We finished the game, proud to have had the sense of accomplishing something bigger than ourselves together.

    Overall, as I sit and evaluate my two golf games, I am glad anytime to bring my cheap clubs, and waterlogged golf balls and gave it “as it were” my best shot. At the end of the day, good relationships and a sense of accomplishment is all that a guy can really ask for.

    “After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work.” Ecclesiastes 5:18-19 (The Message)