A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a boy.Bobby Jones
Why people play golf is as infinite as the beauty in nature; the grounds of playing golf. Golf offers a unique experience in sport, where self knowledge, technique and an instrument will be your means of navigating a ball throughout designed paths requiring power and finesse where your final score will reflect how well you mentally and physically responded to the challenges of the game of golf. Each golf course offers a unique setting, challenge, and beauty, with a design to challenge the golfer in play. Here are a few treatments of golf such as social, business, competition along with a few philosophical viewpoints of just how great the game of golf can be for everyone. What a great game for juniors to learn and play.
The First Tee is an initiative of the world of golf foundation, the mission of The First Tee is: "To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and life - enhancing values through the game of golf.
The Nine core values of The First Tee:
When a father introduces the game to his child, he's opening a window to the world of adults. The introduction is as valuable as good genes or a trust fund because golf is something to do and a golfer is someone to be.Curt Sampson
The True Gentleman
The true gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company; a man with whom honor is sacred, and virtue safe.
- John W. Wayland
Business Golf: The Art of Building relationships through golf
by Pat Summerall with Will D. Rhame and James A. McNulty, CPA
Introduction by Pat Summerall
Personal experience has taught me that golf can break down barriers between people and serve as a catalyst for a free exchange of ideas as well as a way of building lasting relationships. I have met people I didn't care for at first, but after playing with them I discovered that they weren't bad people after all. I found that if I took the time to get to know others on the golf course, I would often view them in a different way. I have seen the good side as well as the competitive side of people, and each of us has a competitive side, though we may not show it. I think the fact that all players are equal on the golf course helps us bond both as friends and businessmen and women. It doesn't make any difference how much ability we have, the handicap system works. It is the greatest equalizer. Nor does it make any difference how many lessons we have had or even if we never took a lesson. According to the rules of golf and the way the game is played, we are all equal. You can marvel at your opponent's shots. He can do something just spectacular that you think you would only see on the PGA Tour, and at the same time you can make a thirty-foot putt that makes you feel just as good. Golf leaves us, at the end of the round, thinking, "Okay, I've done well today," If we only had this feeling about life.
It's more than interesting that the word "teach" is not used in Webster's definitions of learning or education.Michael Hebron
PGA Master Professional
Pat's Thoughts on How Golf Can Weave a Magic Spell
I think golf has a way of making people barriers as they wouldn't normally do in business. If we were in the office looking across a desk, one of us would be sitting in an advantageous position. The golf course equalizes us. Instead of sitting across the desk, you're competing with somebody on an equal footing. If we are asked what club to use or how far it is to the green, everyone seems to want to help everyone else. If somebody can't find the ball, everybody looks for it. It is all part of the process of getting to know each other, learning how we each conduct ourselves in a social atmosphere. If we can get along on a social basis and learn about our interests outside of the business setting, we are in a better position to arrange a business transaction. No matter how many bucks are involved, as long as we are sincere and genuine with each other, golf can weave a magic spell. Golf is different from any other situation. In tennis you are trying to beat somebody; in business you are trying to get something from the other party. In golf you are not trying to beat somebody per se, you are trying to beat the object, the ball, the scorecard, or the golf course. You are competing, but mainly against yourself, and your attitude is: What can I do in this battle with myself, how can I be better?
Competition is the most direct route to competence.Stewart H. Walker
The desire to develop and demonstrate competence-creativity-mastery and courage-to feel the joy associated with feeling well, to realize the satisfaction attendant upon winning. We seek to enhance our skill because enjoyment is directly proportional to the degree of competence achieved.
Excerpt from Winning; The Psychology of Competition by Stewart H. Walker © 1980
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Upon the fields of friendly strife, Are sown the seeds that upon other fields on other days will bear the fruits of victoryinscribed over the gymnasium entrance at west Point