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Forget your opponents; always play against par

Cebu : Philippines | May 03, 2012 at 1:12 AM PDT
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Skooter reporting 05/03/12

Do you play golf? They say it’s a rich man’s sports. I don’t think so. It’s everybody sports, though I don’t play golf but I enjoyed watching the popular sports. Here’s one story of golf’s greatest players in the person of Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones Jr. was an American amateur golfer, and a lawyer by profession. Bobby Jones was only five years old when he first swung a golf club. By the age of twelve, he was winning club tournaments. At the time, he was known for his hot temper and he soon been dubbed as “Club Thrower.”

Jones befriended a man named Grandpa Bart, who worked part time in the club pro shop. Bart had been an excellent golfer, but had retired when arthritis gripped his hands. After Bobby lost the National Amateur Tournament at the age of fourteen, he said, “Bobby, you are good enough to win that tournament, but you’ll never win until you can control that temper of yours. You miss a shot, you get upset, and then you lose.”

Bobby knew Grandpa Bart was right and he set to work to improve, not his swing, but his mood swings. When Bobby won a major tournament at age twenty-one, Grandpa Bart said, “Bobby was fourteen when he mastered the game of golf, but he was twenty-one when he mastered himself.”

Remember this: Norms and records are always established in relationship to other people’s performance, but the true “standards of success,” are established within and then lived out in relationships.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood…. Ephesians 6:12

Taken from God’s Little Devotional Book for Leaders

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B Jones at age 14, in the 1916 U.S. Amateurobby Jones.
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  • 	   	B Jones at age 14, in the 1916 U.S. Amateurobby Jones.

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  • 	   	Jones's grave in Oakland Cemetery with putting green, golf balls, and mementos.

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