An Encouraging Word About Golf in 2018



With a new year under way, what single word describes your current attitude about golf?

For Steve Jurick, the word is “hopeful.”

Jurick is the executive director of the Miami Valley Golf Association based in Dayton, Ohio. He is a longtime PGA professional with a distinguished resume as both a head pro and a playing pro in local, regional and national tournaments.

Appearing in MORNING READ in early December, Jurick and his positive tone about this challenging game were refreshing. “Hopeful. That is the best way to describe my view of golf’s future,” he said.

Jurick also wrote:

“With all the areas of disruption in our world, our game simply feels right to me, like arriving home after a long trip. Now, we don’t always know why, and frankly it’s easy to take our eye off the ball in this ever-changing content- and entertainment-rich world. But after spending some time with our game, I almost always feel reset. Many times, that is what we need most.”

How about you?

Are you hopeful or excited about:

  • Improving your golf game?

  • Playing more rounds?

  • New golf equipment received during the holidays?

  • An upcoming golf trip or vacation?

  • Watching the pros play in person or on TV (or other device)?

  • Checking something off your golf bucket list?

However you see this year taking shape, Steve Jurick has a friendly challenge for all of us:

“For stakeholders in our game—and that is all of us—I encourage you to become more engaged in 2018. Spend more time with our game in whatever form fits your lifestyle, and give back by mentoring or volunteering. More and more people are getting involved, and I promise you that it’s worth it.”

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Neil Sagebiel

Neil Sagebiel is a golf writer and author of two golf books published by St. Martin's Press, THE LONGEST SHOT and DRAW IN THE DUNES. He lives in Floyd, Virginia.

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