For those of you not in the St. Louis area this morning wasn't exactly ideal for golf. Temperatures were in the low 60's and we had a steady rain all morning long. Yes, many folks would pull on rain gear and tee it up regardless. But those people don't have medical equipment that has to go with them everywhere and be plugged in to an electrical outlet. Weather conditions like these show one of the reasons why Ranken Jordan is such a special facility. Just because it is raining doesn't mean the kids will not be able to play golf. We simply set up in either Warner's Corner or the gym and they play away! Rain, snow, sleet, too cold, too hot . . . none of it prevents the kids from getting their golf in. Not allowing the rainy weather to put a damper on spirits is only one reason why today was such a great day. Three of the kids who played today left me in awe.
|Warner's Corner indoor playground area at Ranken Jordan|
Our other new golfer last week came to us in his hospital bed. He was laying on his stomach but wanted to hit some golf balls. Naturally we brought him over to an astroturf mat and hat him going before he knew it. Of course his swing was limited in length but he made up for it in desire. He constantly asked questions and only wanted to take short rests. This week was no different. After spending most of his time last week with the full swing he told us he wanted to learn how to putt this week. I told him I would also like to learn how to putt but I would have him making putts in no time. We spent most of our time working from about 6 feet and it was not long before he was routinely making 3 or 4 putts in a row! Was I impressed, shocked, or in awe? All of the above. The great volunteers we have helping on a regular basis also felt the same way.