By David Callif, President BCM Inks
I must admit. I didn’t see this one
happening in 2015. I made my predictions/prognostications for 2015 in BCM’s January E-newsletter.
I didn’t include this one.
What was it? I made my 1st hole in one on January 8th, 2015.
The experience included several life lessons.
Let me explain. It’s quite a story.
I was in Los Angeles on January 7th.
LA was the 2nd segment of a 3 part trip. I went to see an account and later that evening had dinner with my older son, daughter-in-law, and 2 grandsons.
While I was at dinner, I mentioned to my son and daughter-in-law that I had some time the next day before my flight to Monterrey, Mexico.
I said that I wanted to get some exercise rather than sit at the airport and work on my ipad. I said that I would love to play some golf.
They recommended that I research Terranea Resort which was on the Pacific Ocean, had a 9 hole par 3 golf course, and was only 17 miles from LAX. It sounded perfect.
I just needed to see if they offered golf club rentals and if they had any available tee times. (I came prepared otherwise as I had packed a polo shirt, golf shorts, and Ecco shoes).
I went on Terranea’s website. Sure enough, they rented clubs and they had a tee time at 9:30am. I drove the next morning to the Resort.
For some reason, I didn’t get stuck in any traffic on the 405. I arrived a little early. I was able to get right on the course. I warmed up by playing 9 holes. Then I decided to play a serious 9 holes.
I played the 1st 4 holes by myself. On the fifth hole I noticed 2 men on the green. They waved me through as they were playing much more slowly then me. I hit my tee shot perfectly.
It landed about 15 feet from the cup and right between the other 2 golfers’ balls.
I two-putted for a par.
The other 2 golfers asked me if I wanted to play through or join them. Since I’m a social animal, I accepted their invitation to join them.
They gave me honors on the 6th hole- a 150 yds. Par 3 named Portuguese Bend. I teed the Titleist golf ball low then swung my rental 7 iron with just the right tempo.
The ball went high in the air. I lost it in the sun and off the reflection of the Pacific Ocean.
One of the two men in my threesome shouted “Hole in One!”
I said “Are you sure?”
He said “I’m sure. I’m Director of Golf Operations and a PGA professional- that was a hole in one.“
Sure enough when we got to the green, my ball was in the cup.
What life lessons did I learn from this experience?
1) Sometimes do the unexpected and the unexpected will happen.
2) The early bird definitely gets the worm.
3) Network wherever you are. You never know who’ll you meet.
4) Enjoy life. Make your business trips experiences.
5) Always be prepared.
Have you ever had a hole in one? If so, please email your story to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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BCM Inks believes “giving back” is the best way to express thanks to the industry for their support over the years.
Join me April 30th, 2015 in Naples, FL as I try to make another hole in one!
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