Stages Tournaments

Pete Wlodkowski and his staff put on another show case tournament, December 5&6, at the stately Old Del Monte and the scenic Pacific Grove Golf Links.
Playing tournament golf – my score will count and I have to hit every shot and hole out – is a quick reminder of what it takes to concentrate of every shot. Doubles appear out of nowhere when focus waivers. And the joy of a trusting swing embeds even deeper into your long-term memory. I had some of both.

At Amateurgolf tournaments, players in all divisions – senior, net and championship – are ‘real golfers.’ Competition is their thing and the venerable courses that weekend, brought out the best in their games. My pairings could not have been better. We toured Old Del Monte in perfect conditions, hitting some fairways and white knuckling the down-hillers. The greens were fast.

On Sunday the temperature at Pacific Grove was below 50 with a little wind and slight rain. Although the back seaside 9 is a classic, playing out of its sand dunes is not a good plan. If you haven’t played it, at 5800 yards this golf links is truly worth the trip.

Players are not there looking for the perfect swing or the latest technological advance: they’re there to play, to compete to embrace all the compelling reasons we play the game.
These events are a laboratory for the inner-game, for trusting swings, for getting to know your demons, for the camaraderie.

So what did I learn? I love the competition. The players we meet become friends through the mutuality of enjoyment of playing the game. Support is the common thread. We talk to each other’s balls as they soar over the fairways, onto the greens, and dive toward trouble. And I got to give some Winning The Battle Within books to the winners. The books were well received.

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