Michael Wolfe, Director of Information Technology
Golf. The word alone can bring a smile to your face, and at the same time remind you of the worst round of your life. Golf legend Gary Player once said, “Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I’ve played the game for 50 years and I still haven’t the slightest idea of how to play.” That coming from one of the greatest golfers ever, can be a little shaking. Going on 20 years myself, I see the ebbs and flows in my own game, and share Mr. Player’s feelings. I often find myself feeling like I’m the best, and then the next hole feeling like I have no idea how to play. No matter how many times I play a round with a pro telling me how to fix something, something changes the next day and the pieces of the puzzle often don’t fit. But we keep playing.
The past few years, my friend and I have tried to play in eight to ten golf touranements a year. We also try to get out every weekend we can. Last year, we won a few tournaments, and lost a lot of them too. One of the best wins last year was at the Pleasant View Golf tournament. It was nice to be part of a care community’s team and support another community’s memory care.
Golf is primarily a solo sport where an individual is solely responsible for the outcome. However, my friends and I thrive on the team experience. We all played team sports from a young age, and love the opportunity of being the one on the team that comes through in a tough moment.
I am a firm believer that golf is a bonding sport. If you are not close with your golfing buddies, then you’re doing it wrong. There are very few sports that are meant to be quiet, and yet give you the opportunity to learn about what makes each person you play with tick. In our busy world, there are little opportunities to spend time with someone and not have much to say. I will always believe that walking or riding in a cart alongside of someone is a bonding experience. I feel closest to the people with whom I play golf. Something about struggling through a situation and trying to make myself better alongside of a friend appeals to me.