The Game of Golf

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The Game of Golf
When I started playing golf with my father at the age of seven years old, I never could have imagined how much this game has taught me about life, motivation, and myself. My senior year in high school I was playing as the number one and captain on the varsity golf team. That honor was bestowed on me, because I was supposedly the best man on the team. Which just happened to be true. It was an honor that I truly enjoyed because golf had been a hobby, sport, and passion I had worked extremely hard at for close to a decade. But playing first man also had its drawbacks. The one that I will speak of here is the style of speaking that I had to use while playing in a tournament.
It was five o’clock at night on a crisp fall afternoon. A bitterly cool wind swept across the hilly landscape as the leaves blew into the air, out of the woods, and onto the multi-tiered green. I stood behind my ball to line up my ten-foot birdie putt in hopes of breaking my own personal high school record. I pick a line at the hole and step up to the putt with the confidence to make it. As the mallet of the putter swings back like a pendulum, the ball rolls and rolls right on line at the hole but then stops just inches short of a birdie. I walk up, slightly disappointed at the miss, and tap in my par putt to finish out the final match of the season. The game of golf is a game of inches, as even the slightest miscalculation or imperfection can lead to failure.
Fast forward to the following season, it's the sixteenth hole of an eighteen-hole tournament at a challenging course in Northborough, Massachusetts. Two of the guys in my group that were ahead of me soring wise, and I needed to get a stroke or two back very soon if I planned on earning a medal, my goal all season long. I hit a good drive, right down the middle about two hundred and eighty yards. With one hundred and thirty…...

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