Pride and Concern
Lessons from opposite ends of the world
The sport of golf gave us two
lessons this past
week, ones we felt were worth sharing.
Lots has been said already about how the
President's Cup ended but we think it was an
honorable and great way to end a competition.
Oh there are those that say "Rules are rules
and if you agreed to playoff, then the playoff
should have continued." That misses the point.
Two great teams fought hard and in the end both
were due the label of victor. They displayed a
tremendous amount of class and elegence by
agreeing to share the trophy and to show us
all, once again, that winning and losing are
really not what competition is about at it's
core. It's the spirit of competition that
matters. Our thanks for letting us be reminded.
Too bad that spirit was not one to be
demonstrated in California this past week at
the girls high school playoffs leading to the
state championships. Four top national players,
after having agreed to play for their high
schools during the season, chose to leave their
teams before the finals to compete as
individuals in a national tournament out of
state. Three were also receiving national
awards at a banquet at this event. Be that as
it may and even if their coaches and teams knew
in advance, if you join a team, it's the team
first and individual honor second. The "other"
event was not that important (all will play
college golf on full scholarships) and the
awards have already been announced. Where were
the priorities of these young women? What
impressions did they leave on their teammates,
their coaches and even college coaches who are
It's too bad the good impressions from that
other competition in South Africa did not reach
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