Some (or many) of you may be reading this and wondering how does that quote from a local attorney directed towards an arrogant, self-centered billionaire owner of an NFL team tie into this blog and the junior golf program at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital? Read it again and as the late, great Harvey Penick would advise his students on the golf range, boil it down to its simplest form. What this quote is saying is that at times, regardless of any additional factors, you just have to do what is right. It may not be the best business decision or might ruffle a few feathers, but you sometimes have to make difficult decisions with your heart rather than your bank account and focus on a greater good. Again, a lot of you are probably sitting there thinking I am about as sharp as a marble and am doing nothing more than rambling. What can be the connection? Do I have any clue what I am talking about? I think I do (for what that is worth).
When I heard that commercial and quote around halftime of the game, it reminded me of a question I have been asked numerous times over the past 5 years. That question, even in its myriad deliveries, always carries the same meaning. People have asked repeatedly why I started the junior golf program at Ranken Jordan. A lot of them will add to the question as they know that in 2010 I had no personal reasons to start it. We were fortunate that my son was born healthy and to this day his greatest medical issue has been needing tubes in his ears (like father, like son). Why, then, if I had never had the personal need for an incredible facility like Ranken Jordan would I want to start a junior golf program there? Simple: It was the right thing to do. There is nothing more to it than that. As I mentioned, it really is a fairly simple concept. Starting a junior golf program in a pediatric hospital may not be the most effective way to grow the game of golf but this is one of those times when it is about more than that.