Monday, August 22, 2011

Julian the golfer

I’m a member and co-owner of a fantastic golf club, Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We just hosted the Junior PGA Championship where 156 of the world’s best young golfers competed. There were only going to be one winner in the boy’s competition and one winner in the girl’s competition, and those players were tremendous. But then there was a 16-year old boy named Julian.

Born in Thailand and now living in Nevada, he and his mom (his father passed away a couple years ago) travel the country as he competes in tourneys. I had the opportunity to host Julian at my home for the week of the championship.

He did not win. He did not break par. He did not make the cut after the third round. He did make more friends with people of all ages than I thought possible. He was open, vulnerable about his game, his talent and lack of talent. He truly enjoyed his life, even when his golf deserted him.

One boy golfer walked away with the trophy and deserved it, he was great. Another boy walked away with experiences, laughs and a lot of friends.

Barry LaBov
LaBov & Beyond

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