At last week’s PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic, there were two Watson’s in the field: Bubba (age 34) and Tom (age 63). Despite the 30 years separating them, they posted identical scores of 68 in Thursday’s opening round. Goes to show that golf truly is the game of a lifetime.
On that note, “Take a Kid to the Course Week” is here. As the name implies, the idea is to introduce a kid to golf – our game of a lifetime. Nearly 700 courses nationwide, including many in Calgary, participate by offering free green fees (and prize opportunities) to kids when accompanied by a paying adult. Visit kidsgolffree.ca to see dates, a list of participating courses and their specific offer details.
But here’s the real reason you should do this: I remember the day that I chipped in for my first-ever birdie. There ensued an epic celebration, complete with fist-pumping, yahoo-ing and jumping up and down. All from an audience of one: my dad. As a then 8-year-old, I remember thinking: “What’s the big deal?” That question was finally answered for me just a few weeks ago, when my own 8-year-old did the very same thing.
What a feeling. Thanks, Dad.
Watch for Bill’s weekly golf tip in the golf section of the Calgary Herald – a new tip every Monday!