Golf – A Friend Who’s Never Let Me Down

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Golf – A Friend Who’s Never Let Me Down

Women’s Golf and it’s Unexpected Benefits

Golf's Unexpected Benefits

Writer and golfer, Summer (Summer A.), posing in her engagement photo in June 2011. Summer and her husband met on the golf course, so it was a fitting place for their engagement. It took over 1,000 golf balls to spell out, “Will You Marry Me?”

 

Life is hard…so is golf.

If you play the game then you can understand what I mean.

One faces many challenges when playing golf, and as one of my non-golfing friends say, “it’s a walk spoiled by chasing a little white (or pink) ball around.”

 

 

 

 

As a woman golfer, I also had the daunting task of finding someone to play with me. Growing up, the game was flooded with many male golfers, especially because I grew up in the “Tiger-era”. I was often the lone lady on the course golfing with three guys who were happy to find someone to make a fourth on their team. My friends were never interested in playing a round a golf with me on the weekends either. To this day, I really only play with men.  This didn’t deter me from playing the sport though; it made me appreciate it more. I grew up and matured, and so did my golf game.

 

I can offer subtle tips that may help you make a putt or swing a driver, but my best tip for any woman is to give the game a try. Golf will teach you more about life and its lessons than most sports ever will. It has been an unknowing teacher on how life works, and an example of how we should handle the different hurdles that come our way.

Golf doesn’t care about age or who you are, it is the fairest sport you will come to find. I can guarantee you that most golfers (even the pros) have hit a golf ball into their fair share of trees, yards of houses and ponds. There is nothing to be ashamed of because we ALL have been there.  No one is left out when it comes to hitting bad shots.

My love for the game started when I was around 10 years old. Maybe it was the independence of being my own team, or maybe it was the idea of playing a game that men often dominated. Either way, I fell in love right away. My relationship with golf has had its ups and downs; some years I played more than others. I had to take one whole year off when I was pregnant with son. Two years later when I was pregnant with daughter, I played until I was 28 weeks along. I was hoping that golfing would rub off on my unborn child – maybe my daughter (or son) will love it as much as I do.

As golf has seen change through the years, so has my life: from graduating high school, surviving divorced parents, going to college and grad school, to finding a job. Golf was the rock that I depended on.

When I came back to my hometown to find work and to help pay off my debt, I never expected to be introduced to my future husband and stay in my hometown. Golf brought us together, and to this day we golf almost every Sunday with one another. This wasn’t what I had planned – but everything worked out the way it was supposed to in the end.

 


 

Golf works in the same way. It provides us with guidelines: the par score, course yardage, course map and the placement of the pin. It may seem like a few easy shots from the tee to the pin, but as many of us know, that’s not always true.  Some of us hit trees, go out of bounds, we may even land in a sand trap so deep we might as well be in a war trench.  Golf is marked with obstacles that we have to overcome to finally reach our goal – just like life.

Many of us have some plan that we want to follow: go to college, marry, find a dream job and maybe have children. However, life doesn’t always go ‘as planned.’ We may hit our own ‘sand traps’ in life that make us rethink what we’re doing and work to get back on track. It doesn’t mean we should quit or never finish the hole; it just means we need to find another way to get there.

At times we have to humble ourselves and start over in the different paths we take. Just like when we hit a ball out of bounds; it’s a sickening feeling hitting your third stroke off the tee box, but at least you get that second chance to try again. We are often so caught up in the feeling of losing that first chance, that it’s hard to see the good in getting another one.  But you learn….you learn to be more cautious, more careful and a little more humbled when trying the second time around.

Golf has become my steadiest and most reliable friend over the years. It introduced me to my husband, was the scene for my engagement (see my photo above), and it taught me to not focus on the bad (duffs, hooked shots or whiffs), but to let go and move on. I have shed tears, excitement and anger over the game. It has seen me at my worst and my best; golf can be forgiving or very spiteful. Life is the same way.  I have forgiven, and I have been bitter. I have found myself muddled in deep anxiety or fear (almost like getting stuck in a deep sand trap), but I somehow get out.  I have lost and I have gained. I became a better golfer when I learned to grow up and let go of what I can’t control – that also includes hitting a bad drive or missing an easy putt.

Being a woman golfer, I have found a friend that I can be myself with and to not judge me when I turn my back.  Golf has mirrored my life and the ups and downs that I have taken to get to my final goal.  The game has taught me to grow up in so many ways, and to enjoy each moment. Every round is a new adventure where we never know what to expect from the course or from ourselves. I know that I have a found a game that has been there for me, and I hope that I can continue be there for it.

By | 2016-11-19T09:43:24+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Beyond The Green, Guest Posts|6 Comments

About the Author:

Summer Anderson is a mother, wife, writer and long time lover of the game of golf. Anderson currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and golf partner, Bob and two wonderful children, Heath and Autumn. - - https://www.summeranderson.cstechplus.net

6 Comments

  1. Marlaine September 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Love the proposal pic! So fun! 🙂

    I too have pretty much only golfed with men for my whole life. In some ways I haven’t minded much. It taught me that I can keep up with them, that being a female golfer is ok… thankfully I have a solid and straight drive so I’m not left behind, maybe that helps 😉 . My putting is where I “loose it” haha.

    One thing I did have to learn while golfing with my brothers, uncles, and male friends though, was to use the women’s tees, and not count it as a handicap or something to be embarrassed about. Women DO have different strengths than men. The guys I golf with never mind, in fact, I think they appreciate that I do what I can not to slow down the game.

    I always very much enjoy a day out on the greens… it’s a beautiful walk in a lovely manicured setting, but chasing the little ball and the personal challenge is definitely a LOT of FUN! 🙂

    • Summer A Anderson September 15, 2016 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Hello Marlaine:

      Thank you – I love that picture too! It was a wonderful day that I will always remember. 🙂

      You offer some great insight in your post. I like how you said, “women have different strengths than men.’ I agree with this. While women golfers may not hit the ball as far as the guys, they also tend to stay out of trouble more in comparison to their male counterparts. Guys may have more ‘flare’ or make fancier shots, but women seem to be more consistent (and straighter) in their hits.

      Chasing that little ball is never a walk spoiled, but a beautiful, yet challenging, fun adventure!

      Happy Golfing!

  2. Cindy Swanson July 8, 2016 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Very beautifully said Summer…enjoy the game of golf and the game of life to the fullest! With love to you and your beautiful family!

    • Summer July 9, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Awe! Thanks Cindy!! I am so glad you read this article. I mean every word I said, and golf truly does have a special place in my heart. Sending love to you as well!!

  3. Johnny July 8, 2016 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Great article on golf from a woman’s perspective!

    I love golf as well as well and being a male I know that a lot of women may sometimes feel intimidated by the predominantly male presence in most golf circles. I also agree that golf toughens you mentally for life’s challenges.Thanks again for your great insight on women’s golf. Cheers.

    Johnny

    • Summer July 9, 2016 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words! This was written from the heart, so the lessons I’ve learned from the playing golf have really helped shape me as I’ve gotten older. It is a great game that I hope to play for many years to come. Thanks again for taking the time to read my article.

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