College golf

I watching one if my students play in a college golf tournament.

These poor kids are way too tense. Way worse than a PGA tour event.

My boy is so tense, he couldn’t pass a greased BB.

It’s not just him, it’s the while field…and it’s not his dad either. His dad is walking with me and he is one if the nicest, low key sports dads I have ever met. He emailed me the other day and told me his son was too tense and needed to loosen up to play better. He wasn’t kidding. It’s worse than he described.

Come on guys, you have your whole lives to be tense and miserable.

At least they play fast.




  1. woody

    Maybe there’s a lot riding on it…like a scholarship?

    “At least they play fast.” They’ll learn not to by watching the Tour. Maybe peer pressure keeps them fast…for now.

  2. Cal

    Play fast? A friend and I were on holiday in Florida recently and went out at Red Tail Golf Club just before an inter-collegiate match (NYU were one of the teams I’m not sure who else – I’m English it doesn’t mean that much to me), anyhow, they went out in three balls and we decided to watch them come in. We ordered food and drinks and sat outside. Halfway through our meal the first two ball came up 18 (whether it started out as a two ball I’m not sure), they finished, shook hands and seemed like nice kids – one said he shot a 77. We waited for another half hour before we gave up on the rest of them. They were walking, but it must have been taking them 5 hours plus to play the round. That’s not fast.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      That’s bad. The overall round was horrendous today. Over 5 hours. The group I followed was fast.

  3. Steve Pratt

    One thing I hated about competitive golf was all the grumpy tension and taking forever to line up putts. Why aren’t good golfers happy when they play – they have so many reasons to be happy!!!

  4. John Short

    We as a society worship success, and we define success in a very narrow fashion. So if you’re good enough to play college golf, especially at the Div. I level then of course you need to play professionally and “go for the tour”. Even though the tour is a tiny fraction of golfers, the elite of the elite. If you are deemed to have talent and you don’t make it, this is considered to be a failure. Guys who lose their cards, but even struggling with their games could beat 99.9% of everyone else are described as “hacks”, or the guy who sits on the bench in the major leagues, the utility infielder who bats .225 and is one of the top 500 players in the world is a “bum”, a “bench jockey”. It’s astonishing how through hard work and determination, people who have gotten the most out of their abilities are routinely dismissed as nonentities. Nothing is good enough. I practice at Brookside GC by the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. There are many juniors that work on the games their usually with dad hovering over their shoulder. I saw one guy the other day making a correction or critique to his son literally after every swing, and the kid was hitting a large bucket, maybe 75-80 balls. I’m surprised he could take the club back after about ten swings. Another guy doesn’t say anything until his kid pipes one about 270 right down the center of the range, looks at his dad for some sort of thumbs up and this guy says, “more balls”. That’s it…”more balls”. I’m putting and I want to take my Bullseye and whack him up the side of the head. Then again, this dude is like the Dalai Lama compared to the other guy who thinks he’s David Ledbetter.

    So, of course these kids are tense, and take forever to play. Every shot is a big deal. Augusta awaits.


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