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For the Love of the Game


By Kerry Gordon, NCGA President W


hen I was being interviewed for an


NCGA Board position some nine years ago, I asked the committee why it gave so much of its time and money to serve as volunteers and the immediate response was “for the love of the game.” As I have served the NCGA I’ve never forgotten this message and have come to appreciate it more and more each and every year. Those who achieve


great things in life combine passion with purpose and an unswerving dedication to overcome setbacks and obstacles that inevitably oc- cur. Although I don’t believe anyone will ever master golf, the allure is infectious. The game is simple yet complex and imperfect just as it is perfect to the amateur as well as the professional. Former professional turned announcer David Feherty may have said it best when asked why we play: “Because it’s a ridiculous game and it’s our fault for playing it.” Golf has a worldwide influence more so than any other sport as it has a common language through the 34 Rules of Golf (there are also 1,200 plus deci- sions interpreting those rules). It is played by people of all ages, skill levels and gender and in all kinds of weather. Golfers, as a rule, are pretty nice people as the game humbles even the most ornery individual on a somewhat regular basis.


The NCGA has contin-


ued the traditions as well as contributed to changes in the game since 1901 and has done so through the outstanding work of its staff and volunteers. I can’t say enough about the talent of the organization. The staff is dedicated, hard working


NCGA and golf. Why do they do all of this? “For the love of the game.” I recently played with


a golf writer at my course, North Ridge Country Club, and he asked what I enjoy most about the NCGA. I replied it is the people who I have come to know and


I have developed lifelong friendships and have special memories that bring a smile to my face.


and making a difference through enhancements to events and services each and every day. The volunteers are incredible! They travel to events, committee and training meetings and give endlessly of their time and money in support of the


the culture of the organiza- tion. I have developed life- long friendships and have special memories that bring a smile to my face. I also shared with him one ele- ment of the culture—when we have meetings it is with rare exception that if you are


not at least 10 minutes early, you are late! In addition, when individuals commit to an assignment they not only do what they say, they do more. As I come near to the end of my tenure my heart- felt thanks to all of those who have and continue to contribute to this won- derful organization. My encouragement to others is to reach out and get


involved if you are so in- clined. A special thank you to the two individuals who are primarily responsible for my opportunity to serve the NCGA, Chuck Gielow and Eddie LeBaron. I know my “love of the game” will continue to grow.


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