What Every Golfer Needs: Courage and Kindness

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Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

(Tom Lehman carries this verse with him. [1])

The Ryder Cup

Who said these guys only care about money?

From Jack Nicklaus’ Facebook page:

To golf fans, this moment, known simply as The Concession, is widely regarded as one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship in history.

The outcome of the 1969 Ryder Cup hinged on the last singles match between Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin. Jacklin holed a 50-foot eagle putt on the 17th hole to remain alive in their match. After he holed the comebacker for par, Nicklaus bent over and picked up Jacklin’s coin, conceding the putt and assuring the first tie in Ryder Cup history.

This captures the spirit of golf, as we love it.  As the First Tee commercials say, golf teaches us honesty, comraderie, sportsmanship, manners (golf etiquette like “you’re away”), and a that we can still enjoy something even if we are at best average at it.  Winning.  Well, winning marks a good golfer; these other qualities make for a great one.

by I. Newton

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