Golf’s Olympic Spirit- 10/11/13 Initial Thoughts

As I begin a “Journey to Olympic Golf” to define the “Olympic Spirit of Golf & Golfers” here are my initial thoughts. Over the course of the three

Jennifer Salles-Cuhna made a splash with me at the YMCA— if golf is like life, maybe swimming is like golf—lifetime journey, progressive stages, stay calm, stay loose, but get the adrenaline going for that one moment in time, th

The First Tee of North Florida impacted me two timesfirst when I visited the Brentwood facility and second when I went to the ‘Taste of Golf.’ Perhaps the Olympic Spirit is innate and comes out more in life than at the Olympics?

Golf’s Highest Honor is being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Currently there are 147 members. No induction is planned for 2014. The next one is scheduled for the Monday of the 2015 PLAYERS on May 4, 2015.

Golf Channel Article

Press Release from the World Golf Hall of Fame

Mike Reeder CAFMike Reeder gave me a lot of food for thought as I search for the meaning of Olympic Spirit for Golfers. He wears some of it right there for all of us to see- his patriotic shirt. So yes playing for your country, patriotism is surely a part of the Olympic Spirit. I liked when Mike said “you don’t have to be in a military uniform to be a patriot.” With the Olympics though there is less of a sense of competition among nations as there is an individual or a team striving to do their very best, perhaps set a new world or Olympic record to prove we have grown, we have advanced during the last four years.

Leslie & Bobby Weed welcoming HEAL supporters.

Leslie & Bobby Weed welcoming HEAL supporters.

Somewhere in my HEAL experience there is an element of the “Olympic Spirit for Golfers” that I hope to discover on the “Journey to Olympic Golf.” Maybe it has something to do with Bobby Weed being a great golf course architect. Or maybe it is the use of technology where nonverbal autistic children like Lanier are able to communicate with iPADS? Somehow golfers in the 2016 Summer Olympics will reach out with their golfing abilities and touch the world just like Leslie and Bobby have reached out and touched so many through HEAL. Another dimension to ponder as I drive 13,400 miles to Rio de Janeiro…

Andy Fox is OUTFOXING CANCER. The 15-year cancer survivor has a system of Fs, one of which is to be Forward-looking and to “get rid of the rear view mirror.” Sound advice for Olympic golfers and all of us—forget the last shot and focus on what’s in front of us!

PGA  of America

PGA of America is headquarter in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Interestingly, golf will return to the Olympics in 2016, the same year the PGA of America will celebrate its centennial. How to capture the “Olympic Spirit for Golfers” from the 27,000 men and women golf Professionals?

About The PGA of America (Source is the PGA of America)

Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championshipsand innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf,and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

The PGA of America is the world’s largest working sports organization, comprised of 27,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf, while serving millions of people throughout its 41 PGA Sections nationwide. Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has enhanced its leadership position by growing the game of golf through its premier spectator events, world-class education and training programs, significant philanthropic outreach initiatives, and award-winning golf promotions.

“I am a relic of time when amateur golf was a goal in itself, to be pursued and savored all one’s life, rather than as a step to something else. And I still believe it.”- William C. (Bill) Campbell in 1995 (Source Bill Fields ‘A Gentlemanly Gentleman’ Bunker Article, GolfWorld 9/9/13

Andy:   Golf’s Olympic Spirit is something “in and of itself” in exile for 112 years come the Summer Olympic Games in 2016… just what is it?

“Golf is a both a builder of character and a revealer of character.”- William C. (Bill) Campbell in 2003

Andy:   What character traits define an Olympic Golfer?

Patriotism is defined as devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty.

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