Sunday, December 13, 2009

Golf is a Sustainable Gift


Two years ago my granddaughter, Cece, was asked by her mother if she would like to attend golf camp during the summer at the University of Richmond. She was 8 at the time and said she would only go if I went with her. Camp was specifically designed for adults to attend with a youngster. Of course I went. We had 2 PGA instructors very talented with teaching youngsters Cece and I learned a great deal and had a special bonding that golf buddies enjoy. Priceless time for me and the best golf experience I ever had. As a gift for doing so well, I bought her first set of clubs at the end of the camp. We have been best golf buds ever since. This summer Cece went to the golf school sponsored by the First Tee of Richmond, VA. This time I was merely the chauffeur for Cece and Thomas, a neighbor. What a great learning experience, this was. The First Tee Life Skills Experience is one of the unique features that differentiates The First Tee from many other successful junior golf programs.  Through the Life Skills Experience, participants learn valuable lessons about the importance of maintaining a positive attitude; how to make decisions by thinking about the possible consequences and how to define and set goals from the golf course to everyday life. Cece and I play together as often as we can. When she visits we play and practice at our club for several hours. In fact, this year she was my scramble partner for the annual family tournament. Now, 9 years old, with 2 years of play and instruction she was well versed in the rules and etiquette of the game. We shot a respectable 78 and I needed to use her drive on one hole after splashing my drive.

Golf is a lifetime sport. Golf is sustainable. If you give one gift this year, give the gift of golf to someone you love. In no time, you will have a BGFF (best golfing friend forever) like I have with my granddaughter, Cece.









2 comments:

Heather said...

I love golfing with my children and I hope they pass golf onto their children someday. If not, I will certainly be there to help them find their way to golf. Spending time on the course with loved ones is truly priceless.

BTW Cece certainly knows how to dress for the course. She looks great!

I hope you enjoy many years golfing together.

McRedmond Morelli said...

Bill:

well written piece..what a great time to spend with your kids, nieces and nephews. Truly a game for life. It's very easy to get bitten by the golf bug. Every person who enjoys golf should make it a point to get one person in their life exposed to golf this year. If we all did this we could bring in 5 - 15 million golfers. They will get bitten. It's a game for life.

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