Updated: Oct 8, 2019
Sara and the kids were away this weekend. They went home to Chico for the Parade of Lights last night. The kids got to be a part of the proceedings, riding in Grandma Susie's bus. It sounds like they had a great time. And they topped it off with a trip to the pumpkin patch this morning. I got to stay behind because I had a 2pm-12am supervisor shift last night.
I decided to use my morning alone to go out and play an early round of golf. Tee time was 6:52 AM, about 10 minutes before the sun breached the horizon. And it sure was a beautiful day to be out on the course.
I didn't shoot particularly well, a 101 to be precise, however, I decided to play in a way that I haven't before.
I played an honest round. Every round I've played in my life prior to today has included a mulligan or 12 with maybe a couple of kicks here and there to improve my lie (don't act like you haven't done it). I'm not very good, but I am determined to get better. And I guess that starts with playing honestly.
An added bonus to the day. I started and finished the round with the same ball. I also committed myself to playing the round with a positive attitude and enjoying every moment without getting angry when I took a poor shot. It really wasn't that difficult, even though a few of my shots were quite poor.
It sure was peaceful, and it was one of the more enjoyable rounds of golf I've played. While the score wasn't as low as I would have liked, I feel good about it. I counted every stroke and played with Player A all day (Player B is usually much better, but I kept my mulligans in my pocket).
If my putting game were better, I might even be able to get in an honest round at double digits.
Golf is hard. I don't (and likely never will) put in enough time at it to be genuinely good. I have decided that, going forward, I'm going to keep my game honest, leave my ego in the parking lot, and play with integrity. Even if nobody cares and I am the only one watching. I guess that's pretty much what integrity is in the first place, right?
I think it's also appropriate to thank Santa Clara Golf Club for the enjoyable morning. The course, which sits directly across the street from the 49ers Levi Stadium, will unfortunately be closing its doors officially on Saturday 10/12/19 to make way for a mixed use entertainment development. Click on the picture to read the story.