i have recently started to love golf (in the past year) after 24 years of hating golf. i'm not sure how or why you can suddenly start to appreciate things you've previously despised, but i'm not going to argue it much. the truth is, i have found golf to be an incredibly frustrating, challenging yet relaxing sport to participate in. it's frustrating and challenging because there are so many elements to a golf swing that it can make you mental. and i firmly believe golf courses are designed to make you crazy (sand? water?). but i find golf relaxing because you get to spend hours outside, on beautifully landscaped greens surrounded by wildlife. and i love that. so for now, golf and i are buddies.
i've been playing a lot this summer to prepare me for my high school alum's annual golf outing. i played in this outing as a sub last year when i had very little golf experience. but the event was so fun that i knew i wanted to keep playing. i also had my eyes on the prize: golf outings have great competitions like closest to the pin, longest putt, and longest drive. i wanted to win one of those competitions and i really wanted it to be the longest drive.
but i was no where near having any golf ability, so i took a few lessons over the past two months and have been playing just about every other weekend. i'm still at beginner level in my skills, but i am improving and think i have potential to be a pretty decent player (i even had a dream that my sister and i were pros on the lpga tour).
this golf outing raises money to support waverly programs like sports, clubs, etc. some of the programs would sell raffle tickets and those programs would get the proceeds directly from tickets sold. other ways they raise money for high school programs are by sponsorships, and for the past two years, i have sponsored a golf tee to raise money for my former cross country team. i have raved in previous posts about how cross country changed my life, and it truly did. i will always want to give back to a program that has impacted me in phenomenal ways. plus, at the time, the cross country program was cut from school funding, so i wanted to help make sure any student who wanted to run, could run (since the golf outing, the new school superintendent has said the district will fund all sports!! hooray!!).
|standing next to my tee sponsorship|
|close up of my sponsorship sign|
i am so lucky that i got to spend the day with my dad, my sister and brandon (we were a team for the outing). they help me enjoy golf more than i would if i had tried to get into the sport on my own, and they are all great golfers. we had a lot of fun eating cookies for mulligans, celebrating first time moments (like my sister's first time hitting the green in one shot on a par four) and enjoying each other's company.
i had some incredible moments of my own, like being one of only two women to hit the green on a par 3 (making me eligible for the closest to the pin contest) and hitting one of the longest drives on the 9th hole, which made me eligible for the women's longest drive contest. i was most excited about the longest drive eligibility, because that was my sole goal (aside from trying to do well over all) that i kept in the back of my mind for the outing. the drive i had was such a great shot it made me feel like i had won the whole golf tournament (if only)!
|posing with my longest drive marker -|
it felt so good adding my name to the list!
while our team didn't win the tournament, we all came away with a few raffle prizes. my sister and i won two rounds of free golf (woot!) and brandon and i won a gift card to the local grocery store and a golf hat. not too shabby!
i can't wait for next year's outing already, but until then, my goal is to continue practicing so i don't lose my entire ability to remember how to golf over the winter. i love being active, and i'm learning that active doesn't have to mean "workout". a full day of golf is a great way to stay active, especially when you have to chase down your golf balls when they may go astray ;)