Well the day has finally arrived; I have to take a break from golf. As many of you know, I am going through chemotherapy and yesterday I needed to have a PICC line installed. It is the nature of my treatments and it is the safest path forward for improved long-term personal health. I actually stopped playing last Thursday, but yesterday was the final step. So the real question for me today is: Now What!
I am not exactly sure how long I will be off the course, but I expect the rest of our season. If I make it back before mid October, that would be a boon. But until then, I have to fill the void and I have a plan!
First, I am going to complete the written component of the Golf Canada Level 2 officials education program. This step is just one of several I have in mind and they will be addressed next year.
Next, I want to try to complete the on the job training part of 20 hours at my local course either as a scorer, umpire, or marshal. I have confirmed with the GM/Managing Director of Osprey Links Golf Course, Jeff Rogerson, that I can definitely be involved with enough events to meet this requirement.
After completing these two components, I will officially be a Level 2 official. I plan to work towards Level 3 and Level 4, but they are more involved. I figure if I am going to continue flaming my passion for golf, I should know how to implement all the rules!
Additionally, I plan to follow other golf blogs, golf news, and living vicariously through the rounds of my friends. I know this is not as exciting as playing, but ‘I gotta do, what I gotta do!’ Of course, I am going to continue writing and talking about golf issues, but that was a given regardless of my health.
So there you have it, I am taking a hiatus with no solid end in sight. Of course I am disappointed, but when life gives you lemons – it is time to go to the range and practice!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!