Well, It’s finally here. Launch Day for Volume 2 in my series Lessons from the Golf Guru – Secrets, Strategies, and Stories for Golf and Life. It’s been a good ten months since I started this most recent book, and what a journey it turned out to be. I not only ended up with all new lessons, but I ended up with 5 new people in my life that I didn’t even know existed this time last year; Tyler, Ellison, Michael, Cameron, and Carl. Almost half way through this latest journey these five men showed up from seemingly nowhere to help me help you learn the lessons I most wanted to teach and I think have made this latest journey even more engaging than the last. Let’s take a brief look at who they each are…
Tyler is a small town golf prodigy from Poplar Bluff Missouri who did his best to turn golf into his ticket out of his small hometown in search of bright lights and better opportunities. Along the way, however, he learns a few lessons about life, learning, what it takes to move beyond being the big fish in a small pond, and whether or not you always should.
Ellison is a reluctant New York City Investment Banker, born into a family on the fringes of America’s dying aristocracy. The family business is money, but Ellison’s first love is golf, and he dreams of being a modern day Bobby Jones, a businessman during the week, and a celebrated amateur champion on the weekends. Along the way, though, he meets a charismatic challenger that makes him realize the key to everything he’s been looking for just might lie in how he’s been looking for it.
Michael is a wanna-be mini-tour player whose long on ambition, but short on confidence. He’s jumped from one assistants job to another, running from responsibility while chasing the dream. And while he hasn’t given up on his dream of playing the game for a living, nearly everyone else has until he meets an enigmatic old school caddy who seems to know exactly what buttons to push and just when to push them.
Cameron is a struggling pitcher for the LSU Tigers, whose baseball career, is in danger of washing out before it even really gets started. And when his fear and frustrations have him contemplating just chucking it all to get the proverbial monkey off his back, it’s the Coach that believed in him in the first place that helps talk him off the proverbial ledge.
And finally Carl, the retired Charleston Architect whose just lost his wife of more than four decades and with her his identity, his purpose, and all his excuses for not doing what he’s always wanted to do. He’s alone, something he realizes he’s never been before, and it takes a chance encounter with a mysterious little man from Mississippi for everything to begin to make sense.
These are the stories, and they set up a narrative that helps not only engage you in the lessons that follow, but to help make sense of them all. It’s a blending of fiction and non-fiction that is rarely attempted, but one I hope you will really enjoy. So remember, golf is about more than just the number you put down on the scorecard, and these are more than just lessons for the game of golf. They’re lessons fro the game of life. Hope you enjoy!