Lessons From The Golf Course

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"Golf is the closest game to the game we call life.  You can get bad breaks from good shots and you can get good breaks from bad shots.  But, you have to play the ball where it lies."
-Bobby Jones

Yesterday I had the opportunity to play in the 47th Golden Apple Invitational Golf Tournament at Three Lakes Public Golf Course.  This is an annual event hosted by the 18-Hole Ladies League that I belong to. This is an event we host each year to raise money for local charities.

My game didn't start off so good.  I had a double bogey on the first hole, and as the game went on several putts lipped out and I remember thinking "Ok, it's going to be one of THOSE days."  No big deal.  We always have a good lunch to look forward to.

The thing about golf is: things can go from bad to good... even great... in a single shot.  The reverse is true, too.  The point is EVERY shot counts.  Just because you made a bad shot doesn't mean the next one won't be a good one.

As the day went on, I played well even getting two seriously amazing chip-ins and making some excellent putts. 

At the end of the day, I won 1st Gross, a closest to the pin prize, AND long drive for the day. 

My golf game yesterday was like life and business in so many ways.  Don't ever get discouraged because things don't go the way you think they should or the way you want them to.  You always have the next decision (or shot) to get back on track. Stay focused on your goal. You've probably heard it before and I'll say it again, most things in life and business are more like a marathon than a sprint. 

Don't get discouraged and keep trying. 

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Carol Williams
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Hi Anita Clark ,
That is so true.  Sometimes the magic happens when you least expect it!  Happy Saturday.

May 12, 2018 06:45 AM #44
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Hi John Marshall - FORE! ,
I have done a lot of business with my golfing friends and associates over the years.  It's a great niche.

You mirror my sentiments exactly.

As you said:
I love about the game, is that it is a microcosm of life and has its ups and downs, but you really get to know a person on the course - if they cheat at golf, they will cheat at anything.

Like you, I don't care if a person plays good or bad.  I just want them to be honest, know the etiquette of the game and have fun.  Although I am competitive (against myself), at this point in my life I am more interested in having fun with my playing partners and encouraging each other. 

Have a great weekend!

May 12, 2018 06:55 AM #45
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Hi Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! ,
I used to play in some of the Board Charity events.  I even organized a few.  The problem I had with them is many (if not most) of the players were non-golfers and it was chaotic on the course.  They were drinking and didn't know course etiquette or rules.  We have an 18-hole putting course nearby and the tournament was eventually moved to that and it accomodates everyone's level of play much better.  

May 12, 2018 06:58 AM #46
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Carol Williams
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Hi Dorie Dillard ,
I love what I have learned from sports over the years.  The magic can happen when you least expect it. 

May 12, 2018 06:59 AM #47
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Hi Kathy Streib ,
I love all the lessons I've learned from golf and other sports through the years.  As far as I am concerned life is just another sport... and the magic can happen at any time if you keep playing the game.   Have a great weekend, Kathy!

May 12, 2018 07:02 AM #48
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Hi Jim Holder ,
I did watch some of the Players Championship round last night.  That 17th green even got Webb Simpson who had a phenomenal round going.   He still tied the course record even with that water ball.   I'll make a special effort to watch for the 13th hole this weekend. 

May 12, 2018 07:05 AM #49
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Congratulations on your feature recognition. Thanks for sharing your experience and your advice.

May 12, 2018 07:07 AM #50
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Hi Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® ,
You'll get your mojo back sooner than you think probably.  Even then, we all make bad shots.  The pros are masters at recovering from those bad shots. And, that's what we need to do in life.  Refocus and carry on. 

Have a great weekend, Hella!

May 12, 2018 07:08 AM #51
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Hi Tom Bailey ,
Hitting two bad shots in a row is certainly to be avoided.  However, even then some magic can happen.  Those chip-ins and one putts can cover a lot of sins. You just have to refocus and keep trying.   

May 12, 2018 07:10 AM #52
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Hi Debbie Reynolds ,
I love the lessons I learn from sports that relate to life and business.  No matter how things are going on a given day, the magic can happen at any moment. 

Have a great weekend.

May 12, 2018 07:19 AM #53
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Carol Williams
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Hi Ronald Gombach ,
Confidence is certainly a big factor.  Even when things are going wrong, you know in your heart you can do better and things will turn around.  Have a great weekend, Ron.

May 12, 2018 07:21 AM #54
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Carol Williams
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Hi John Wiley ,
The pros are amazing, aren't they?  They key IS to forget the bad shot and refocus.  We all get into bad situations, no matter how good we are.  It's the next shot that counts.  

May 12, 2018 07:23 AM #55
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Carol Williams
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Thanks, Roy Kelley
Have a great weekend!

May 12, 2018 07:24 AM #56
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The woman makes for pleasant sharing

May 12, 2018 07:26 AM #57
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You are so kind, Richie Alan Naggar .  Have a great weekend!

May 12, 2018 07:51 AM #58
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Interesting article Carol...

May 12, 2018 09:21 AM #59
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I have been schooled on the golf course several times but never as nicely as you did today Carol! 

May 12, 2018 09:45 AM #60
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Thank you Ricardo Mello .  Have a great weekend!

May 12, 2018 12:04 PM #61
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Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, .  Golf is a goofy game where either disaster or magic could be just a shot away. 

May 12, 2018 12:06 PM #62
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Unfortunately, many have chosen to be spectators in their journey of life and choose not to participate in many worthwhile activities or opportunities, so regardless if it's golf or another activity, they always fail, don't they? You can't score if you don't play. All the best to your continued success. 

May 12, 2018 09:02 PM #63
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