On Sunday we had our annual church golf tournament. I look forward to this event every year. I love golf, and I especially enjoy scramble tournaments. I have played in our church tournament each of the last three years, and luckily three of my best friends from college have come up each year to play in the tournament. Here’s our team photo from Sunday:
Each time I play golf, I am reminded how this game is a bit like life. It’s very difficult, it takes years to learn the rules, and just when you think you get the hang of it, you shank a drive into the lake.
Every once in a while, in golf and in life, things do go your way. This tournament has been held at the Golf Club of Dallas the past three years, so our team is starting to learn the course. There is a hole (#11) that has a deep-walled creek just before the green. Each year, one of us hits a safe shot, and then the rest of us swing as hard as we possibly can, hoping for a miracle in that we might carry this creek (which is 260 yards from the tee, and mostly blocked by huge trees) and land near the green in one shot. We always laugh about how we will never do this, but we try each year nonetheless.
Well, this year there was a good 20mph wind all afternoon, and when our best driver, Richard (The guy on the far left) hit his tee shot, he caught a perfect gust of wind and landed well past the creek, about 10 yards to the right of the green. We exploded in jubilation. It didn’t matter how we played for the rest of the day, that alone was worth it. Ironically, he did the same thing on #15 later in the day and landed on the dang green. Richard had a good day.
Even though we played pretty bad all day, we had the time of our lives. It is hard to beat a day of doing something you love, with the people you love.
I hope you find time to play a round of golf with your best friends, or whatever your version of that is in your life. It’s good for the soul.
Have a wonderful week my friends,
P.S. Today is Stanley’s fourth birthday, so here is a fancy picture of him:
Also, paternity leave is going splendidly, and I can’t pass up a chance to include some photos of the baby! Henry will be two-months-old tomorrow. Enjoy: