Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity
Had to think a little about this week’s challenge before I decided to think about golf – the game of opportunities presented and squandered. The Opportunities for your career round, and at the same time, an opportunity to embarrass yourself in front of your friends. Every time you pick up the clubs you have the opportunity to do something special – a hole in one, a longest drive, an eagle. But in most cases it ends up being, as John Feinstein describes it, A Good Walk Spoiled. The picture I have chosen is one of those walks but not one that got spoiled. In 2005, we and our neighbors had the opportunity to visit Scotland, and we found our way to the hallowed grounds of St. Andrews old course. We had a tee time scheduled later in the week but as we wandered by the sacred starter shack one evening about 5:30, we noticed there was no-one on the course. We asked the starter what the story was and he reminded us that England was playing in the world cup and everyone was in the pubs watching the match – we asked if we could go out and play a round and he said be we could if we were ready to go in 15 minutes. Although our wives opted out, my friend Mike and I ran back to the hotel, got our clubs and were able to “walk on” the most famous golf course in the world. It was a gorgeous night, we had the course to ourselves, and for a golfer, it was a magical opportunity. The girls came out to meet us for the finishing holes at about 9:00. My wife actually took this shot of me hitting my seconds shot into the eighteenth hole with the famous clubhouse in the background of the left. As luck would have it, this is one opportunity I was able to cash in on as I hit the green with this shot and was able to 2 putt for par.