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June 16, 2013

TODD GOLDEN: Golf ... the beast within?

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Only it’s not self-depracating. I well and truly stink at golf. I stink out loud. But that’s not what I’m worried about.

Flashback, if you will, to the early ‘90s. George H. Bush was our President and all was right with the world so long as Right Said Fred was on our airwaves.

I was 21 and I played everything back in those days. Golf wasn’t a sport that came natural to me – my dad didn’t starting playing it until I was in high school, so I was never exposed to it at an early age.

I messed around and played some par-3s in my teens in Milwaukee and I’d risk everyone else’s life and limb with an occasional driving range visit when I moved to Indiana.

I once hit on a crescent-shaped range at the old Sycamore Springs Course in Indianapolis. I was golfer’s left and shanked a ball off the side of my driver and it went directly sideways golfer’s right. A duffer on the other side of the crescent had his back turned and never saw how close he came to permanent damage when it line-drived perfectly É between his legs. I didn’t even have time to yell “fore!” which is itself pathetic for a driving range visit.

But I didn’t start playing “real” rounds until I was college age. My buddies were getting into it and my dad’s interest in golf blossomed É to the point two decades later where he’s likely to retire to a golf community in the near future.

I was interested too. To this day, I feel that there’s few things better in sports than being on a golf course. Even the most basic of courses can be tranquil and beautiful.

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