US Open at Shinnecock Hills A Sentimental One For Me

US Open at Shinnecock Hills A Sentimental One For Me

The Pro Golfers Association (PGA) takes one of their four major tournaments back to Long Island, NY. Southampton, New York is the site of this years 188th playing, and the US Open at Shinnecock Hills a sentimental one for me. My dad used to love the majors. Especially the ones held in New York (for obvious reasons). The money clip pictured in today’s blog was my father’s. Its one of my few prized possessions of his from a life well lived. With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, and the US Open concluding then, it will be a tough one for me to watch.

US Open at Shinnecock Hills a Sentimental One For Me
US Open at Shinnecock Hills a Sentimental One For Me

I Love Golf Thanks To My Dad

I have a love hate relationship with the game of golf thanks to my dad. Its an amazing game that has offered me a ton of opportunity. But its a difficult game. One of golf’s greatest players, Bobby Jones is credited with saying, Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course, the space between your ears.” Its true. Golf is more a mental game than anything else I’ve ever played, and I enjoy that. I used to caddy in the summers. I also worked at the golf course. So I got to play a lot, for free. I would find myself walking the golf course, often alone. I would practice, I would try to better myself, but mostly it was a matter of finding myself. The peaceful and quiet surrounding of a golf course is something to be admired. If you have never tried it, I suggest you do so at some point in your life.

ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY

Golf can be a decent activity to keep you active and healthy. It can also help the mind and soul. If you are looking for a good read (about golf OR life lessons) allow me to suggest Beyond the Fairway: Zen Lessons, Insights, and Inner Attitudes of Golf. And for this weekend, enjoy the U.S. Open, and for those of you who still can, hug your dad.

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