The Lessons of Golf

8:17 PM, Apr 27, 2010   |    comments
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Playing great golf courses is a perk of my job. I have played the TPC Twins Cities, Interlachen, Hazeltine and today Windsong. Normally they wouldn't let a guy who averages around a 100 to even look at the course, but thanks to media days even a hacker like me can play where the pro's play.

This morning I had a chance to play Windsong. The course is being used for this weekend's Big Ten Championships (of which Minnesota should make some noise in) and the course is in amazing shape especially when you consider it's the end of March.

As much fun as golf was, the most enjoyable part was our playing partner Mike Hebert - Head Volleyball Coach at the University of Minnesota. If you didn't know, Mike has Parkinson 's disease. He says he doesn't suffer the terrible tremors which have become so identifiable with the disease so until he does he gets the most out of life.

Mike is a pretty good golfer considering his circumstances, but he won't help you win a scramble. What makes him such a great playing partner is his sense of humor. Hebert doesn't take anything too seriously. After we all shot at least 3-over on a par three, Mike picked up his ball and announced, "Well we showed that hole". Following our 4th hole our we realized our scorecard fell out of the card and was missing:

Me: Uh-oh, I lost our scorecard

Hebert: Thank Goodness!

We all got a big chuckle out of this and I know it helped me forgot the awful round I was having (I finished with a 116...GROSS!)

It's funny how sometimes you get little life lessons when you least expect them. I lost 8 golf balls during today's round, but I gained a lot of perspective.

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