June 14, 2013
What is aMen Corner?
aMen Corner — my wife’s creation. And she had no idea what she was doing or saying when she did it — aside from what she thought was just a “clever” play on words. She had no idea of it’s relation to Augusta National–where they hold The Masters every April. Nor, did she associate it with my passion for the game of golf. That’s why it HAD to be the perfect name — A corner for men to hangout! After all, did you think she was going to give me a place to voice my opinion or thoughts that would be any larger than a CORNER! Heck no! But then again, most guys only need a minute to get it — a paragraph will be more than sufficient to do so.
I LOVE FRIDAYS!
I love Fridays. It’s my day off, and one that I get to do WHATEVER I want! Well, not this particular Friday, at uh 11:00 p.m. the night before, my wife informed me that I had to take the kids to school and PICK THEM UP afterwards. HOLY COW! Seriously? ”You just found this out?” Inhale. Exhale. Deep breaths. I smile, ”OK Dear, I got it.”
Well, I woke up the next morning and I knew that it was going to be a good day. It was nice and warm and I felt no aches and pains. Dropped the kids off at 8:30. Got a 9:30 tee time at Swan Point. I’m playing by myself, so it will be no problem finishing 18 and getting back in time to pick up the kids. Now, I’ve played this course before, so I know what to expect. There are 12 holes where water or marsh come into play.
But on this particular day, in my “feelinggoodness”, I had only brought a sleeve (3 balls) with me! Go ahead and laugh. It’s okay, because I did too — out loud. Just a little foreshadowing, huh? So, before we get too deep, a couple of things that you should know about me:
- If I make up my mind, it doesn’t get unmade (I’m playing from the TIPS–as far back as you can play)
- I am the consummate optimist, my faith (in God and me) is unwavering!
- I don’t buy balls at the golf course (I have way too many at home)
- I told myself that if you lose all 3–Go home! You don’t deserve to play.
I’m warmed up and I get to number 1 and hit a perfect tee shot–middle of the fairway. My second shot felt good, in the air, and . . . Splash! Not in the water though–there’s standing water–a puddle. So the ball hits and skips on the fringe of the green. WHEW! 2 putts and PAR for the first hole.
It’s gonna be a good day! So, onto hole #2, you have to be strategic and pick the point you want to hit over the water to cut off the fairway. So, I don’t pick too aggressive of a line and proceed to hit the ball strategically right into the water! So, for the next 11 holes this course and I would continue this flirt and dance.
Then I arrived at #13, where your boy only had 1 ball left. Here’s what the course says about this hole: No. 13, a par-4 measuring 373 yards from the back tees, has a forced carry over the marsh. A good tee shot is essential on this hole. Did you read that?
A good tee shot is ESSENTIAL . . . but they don’t tell you that you have to hit it 240 yards in the air just to make it to the fairway. I didn’t hit my best drive. But I think I’m ok. Remember, I’m an eternal optimist with strong faith. Get to the other side and . . . NUTHIN! Not even a piece of a ball cut-up by a lawnmower. I can’t believe that I didn’t make it to the fairway. I’m going home! Really?
Walking back to the cart, I see something white in the pine needles on the other side of the path. Could that be a ball? Yessur. It most certainly is. Hold on . . . , not 1; but a few feet away, a second. And as I walk back, I find another. The 3 balls that I started with, were given back to me. I close my eyes and look down, sitting in the cart. Then I look up at the beautiful sky and smile and laugh out loud again. IT IS A GOOD DAY! Needless to say, I finish my round with all 3 of those balls. I shot an 89 and pick up the kids on time.
Reflecting as I drove home, I noticed a few things:
- I played believing that I was going to have my original 3 balls that I began the round with (not with the fear of losing them).
- It wasn’t until I lost ALL 3, that I was completely replenished.
- When I found those 3 balls, they were not the ones that I started with. But because of them, I didn’t have to go home and I was able to finish my round.
- And most of all, I never lost another ball and had ALL 3 when I left!
Check Out The Truth: 1 Kings 17:10-16
Adrian celebrates 11 years of marriage to his wife and best friend, Christy. He loves all things golf, date nights, traveling and playing with his kids. He considers himself blessed and loves his life!