Book Review: Still Me

Still Me – A Golf Tragedy in 18 Parts written by Jeffery John Eyamie

  • Canadiana Print: 20200278991
  • Canadiana ebook: 20200279017
  • ISBN: 9780888017130
  • ISBN (EPUB): 9780888017147
  • ISBN(Kindle): 9780888017154
  • ISBN (PDF): 9780888017161
  • Published Date: 2020
  • Page: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Turnstone Press
  • Address: Artspace Building, 206-100 Arthur Street
  • City: Winnipeg
  • Province/Country: Manitoba, Canada
  • Postal Code: R3B 1H3
  • Email: info@turnstonepress.com
  • Contacts: www.TurnstonePress.com

My Review:

One of the fun aspects of The Grateful Golfer is when I am asked to review new golf books. This is my third review and like each of the other books, it was not what I expected.  This book is a journey of unexpected life challenges that offers many twists and turns. It is definitely not a “how to golf” book, but provides many parallels to the average Joe trying to navigate life with a multitude of nonstop stressors by using golf.

Still Me – A Golf Tragedy in 18 Parts tells the story of James Khoury’s, a salesman for Boreal Building Products, journey through the multitude of amazing golf courses he played throughout the years. His trip down memory lane was sparked when he found his treasure trove of golf memorabilia trashed beyond repair. I can relate to his despair, as many golfers probably can, if the same disaster happened to my prized golf trinkets. This part of the story is something I can definitely relate too.

So the journey begins; Khoury starts to recount the many golf courses he was fortunate to play because of the relationships forged through his job. He recounts how each course left a unique memory about his golfing experiences. Some of his rounds were more about the people he was partnered with, than actually playing golf; reading about each character was half the fun as I delved deeper into Still Me.

After 50 pages, something different started to happen in Khoury’s golf journey. Khoury started to recount the many challenges in his personal life and how it related to golf. It was if golf became a crutch that allowed Khoury to survive the drama in his life off the course. As we become introduced the various characters, it becomes obvious that there is more going in this book than just a trip down memory lane. The stakes to succeed on the golf course keep growing and growing.

Without giving away the ending, I can see how Khoury’s golf game became a reflection of his life. Success followed success and disaster followed disaster. I think many golfers would be able to relate to this type of dynamic as good golf relies on both physical and mental strengths of each player. If either is compromised so will our golf game. Still Me – A Golf Tragedy in 18 Parts definitely leads the reader through an emotional roller coaster that is easily transferred to everyday life.

Still Me is not a book I would normally pick off the shelf. This type of genre is not something I tend to gravitate towards. While reading this book, however, I found Jeffrey Eyamie’s writing style very enjoyable. I found the flow of the book easy to follow and provided plenty of intrigue to keep me interested. The mark of a good book, in my opinion, builds my interest as I devour the pages. Still Me was that type of book.

If you are looking for an interesting, non-traditional golf book, I recommend you read Still Me – A Golf Tragedy in 18 Parts. It will capture your imagination about golf possibilities as James Khoury navigates the challenges in his life on and off the golf course.

I want to thank Melissa at Turnstone Press for reaching out to me and asking me to review Jeffery John Eyamie’s book. It was an enjoyable read!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

A Golf Song Worth Listening Too

It amazes me the number of new golf things I encounter on a daily basis. Additionally, I am grateful to all my friends who graciously send me golf things for my entertainment. Two days ago a friend of mine, Colin, sent me a golf video that was actually a song. It was funny because it sums up many of our games. Take a listen.

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The New Normal After The Coronavirus

The LPGA and PGA Tours are frantically trying to find a solution to resume play. Golf, at all levels especially the pros, is a business. Like all other businesses at this time, they are struggling to remain afloat and viable. Without question, the landscape of the future will not be the same as was just a few short months ago. Because of this, a new normal will emerge whether we want it to or not. The question for most golfers is what will golf look like at the grass roots level? How will this affect my ability to hit the links? These and many more are great questions that are very difficult to answer.

When golf finally returns at the amateur level (local golf courses), social distancing will be the key to keeping them open. If golfers do not respect that fact that at least for the 2020 golf season we have a six foot bubble around us, then there could be challenges. Not coming close to my fellow golfer is an easy thing needs to be continued. We are not out of the woods yet and COVID-19 is going to be around for quite some time. So if we do not follow the social distancing on and off the course, and the infection numbers start to rise, I can see the powers to be reversing their decision to open golf courses as a first step to #flattenthecurve again.

Whatever method your course has implemented to avoid touching the flag or removing your golf ball will be in place for most if not all of the 2020 season. Not touching these items will be important to help golfers do their share of stopping the spread of COVID-19. It does not seem like much, but it only takes one person who is infected to have an immediate impact on their surroundings.

Clubhouses, proshops and other facilities will operate in a limited capacity in 2020. This is not the best of solutions for the golf courses, but it is a business reality at this time. For the short term, they will be operating at a reduce capacity. I think the 19th hole will be closed for the 2020 season, but solutions will be found for players to have a libation after their round; but, it will take time. This restriction is not permanent, but could last for quite a bit.

When the golf courses open, at least initially, there will be no walk on playing. Everything will have to be booked and paid for prior to showing up. Additionally, hanging out at the course for an hour or two before and after your round will be greatly discouraged. The current coronavirus restrictions do not allow for gathers, so hanging around the course when not playing will be part of most of the 2020 golf season.

All of the above sounds like a whole bunch of doom and gloom. Some feel that we have over-reacted by closing golf courses because they feel that it is one of the few sports that can be played while following the COVID-19 restrictions to help #flattenthecurve. I disagree with those people, at least initially. The problem for decision makers is that they did not know what they were dealing with. As it turns out, the coronavirus is very contagious and it is easier for clamp down on the populace movements for the short-term than try and tighten the reins as things got worse (and they would have gotten worse). As much as we hate the situation, we will be dealing with this virus for some time and a new normal on the golf course is inevitable.

Ontario is on the cusp of opening its golf courses. To ensure they stay open we need to ensure that social distancing remains in place, we do not touch the flagstick, we arrive at our designated times to play, and don’t needlessly hang around after our round. This is the new normal and will likely be around for most if not all of the 2020 golf season. It is the minor restrictions we have to endure to be able to play the sport we love. Personally, I will do what I can and follow all the safety guidelines implemented by the great team at Osprey Links Golf Course. I do not know about you, but I want our keep playing golf for the entire season and this new normal can make it happen.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

The Point of Diminishing Joy When Playing Golf

Before reading the rest of the article, answer this question: What is the perfect number of golf holes you like to play? Just one more question: Do you normally have time to play all the holes your would like? This is an ongoing debate in golf that I think has gone down the rabbit hole. Most of the previous discussions were nothing by white noise and I lost interest in what most ‘experts’ were saying. It reminded me of Charlie Brown’s teacher giving directions.

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Forgetting To Write A Golf Article

I am trying to keep myself busy during this challenging time by writing something everyday. I am well on the way, but yesterday life got in the way and I forgot to prepare an article for today. I noticed when I checked my email this morning and no notice of a published article appeared. I was shocked and well disappointed in myself, so here is what you get…..ramblings!

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