Posted 29 December 2005 - 12:29 PM
About 4 or 5 years ago when I was around 11 years old (I'm 15 now), I just picked up an old sand wedge out of the garage and started chipping around the yard. I continued to just chip around the yard, hit 20 yard shots until I was content with what I did that day. My parents got my my first set that Christmas, it was a Knight Junior set that had a 3-Wood, 5, 7, and 9 iron, with a putter. The first time I ever played on a golf course was when I was 12, and that was with my grandma at a little muni course, (I obviously played of the womens tees, but the yardage was 5,002 yards - I still have the scorecard), and I shot a 114, which was pretty darn good for the first time I had ever stepped foot on a golf course. After that I was hooked. I started playing more and more and then for my 12th Christmas my parents got a family membership (because my mom wanted to learn, and my father wanted to get back into it) to a pretty nice public course, which included playing privelages at two other courses. This was when I really started getting serious, I graduated from junior clubs to ladies clubs, and shortened fitted mens clubs, and I played my first tournaments that next summer. I haven't given up any dedication over the years, and actually it has progressed into an obsession. I would have never thought I would have gotten as good as I have just in 2 or 3 years of playing, but it was that message of 'Never Give Up' that kept me going. I just wanted to pass on to some of the younger members a peice of wisdom that I have gained over the years. Even though to you go through some tough times, you want to get better and better, it just takes time, some youngsters progress faster than others, and some it takes a lot more to get better. Use the vision of better players, your age or your fathers age, not to decieve and put you down, but as a means of 'I will get there one day' and learn from them.
Have a good new year everyone, and I hope that all my brothers in the north will survive these next four months!!