A while back, I had the extreme good fortune to make a hole-in-one. It was my third hole-in-one and yet another that I didn’t see go in the hole!
They say the odds of an amateur making an ace on a Par three are about 12,500 to 1. Wow.
After all the whooping and hollering and back-slapping (even though I missed the birdie putt), my friends Chad, Jim, and I settled in for a post-round adult beverage…and interminable heroic descriptions of the feat!
It was a case of close friends sharing a minor triumph…a satisfying success.
I’ve always ranked my rounds of golf not necessarily by my score, but rather by how much fun I was having with my friends.
The capper for this particular day came while my friend Chad was putting his clubs in his car, he exclaimed, “Wow, what a great day. I really love this game!”…and punctuated his comment with a hearty slam on the trunk.
He was probably more excited that I was…and it was another warm reminder to me of why we play the game.
It’s a game that builds character.
It’s a game that builds relationships.
It’s a game that values…values!
I had the distinct pleasure to interview Arnold Palmer on a couple of occasions, and he was famous for a quote that said, “I’m in love with this game…and I want everyone to share my love affair!”
That’s one thing Arnie and I could shake hands and agree upon!
That’s your Golf to Go. I’m Frank LaRosa
By Frank LaRosa, a popular Northern California radio and television personality and golf writer who has chronicled the game and industry across multiple platforms since 1988. He currently produces and hosts a daily golf radio feature for Sports 1140 KHTK called “Golf to Go.” He has hosted a series of Emmy nominated golf programs for KVIE television called “Tee Time: Golf in Northern California.” He has written about golf for numerous print publications including NCGA magazine and Sacramento Magazine. His work in golf has garnered him numerous accolades including induction into the Sacramento Golf Hall of Fame and California Golf Hall of Fame, Honorary membership into the PGA, and he is a three-time winner of the Northern California PGA Media Person of the Year award.