Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Winning is overrated

It's US Open week which also means its Father's Day weekend.  The best players in the world will gather at Pinehurst this weekend, the greatest Dad's in the world will spend time with their families, some in front of the television.

In golf, every shot counts.  We don't really recognize it until the tournament or round is over and then we reflect on all the shots that were left out there.  In life, every day counts as a Father.  I wouldn't know but I'm pretty sure it's the truth.  I'm sure Father's second guess some of their decisions every day, just like golfers do.

This past weekend I had a reunion with my longstanding partner in the Member-Guest golf tournament at Meadow Springs.  We haven't played together in a few years, but some things never change.  We still laugh at the same things, we still have our routines that will probably never change.

Although we finished 2-2-1 in our matches, it was a lot better than that.  We only finished two points behind the winners.  We lost the two matches only by one hole, and we tied the second to the last match to the eventual champions by bogeying the last hole.  In golf we call it halving a match.

We should have beat them but who cares.

Winning is overrated in sport, it really is.  Winning is when you know you've given it your all, you haven't left anything at the plate, and hopefully you've made an impact on someone.  Sometimes the ball just doesn't bounce or roll our way, but at the end of the day if we've done the best we can, we are leaving an impact on someone.  We may not know it, but we are.

So happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there.  

You are winning every day.