Michael was a natural golfer. We would go to the local Executive Par 3 course when Mike was seven. He would challange the other golfers in our group. They would usually give him strokes and then they would loose their $.25 ct bet.
The summer before Michael started ninth grade he mentioned that he might want to be on the golf team. A couple of his close friends were on the team. So I started to find out the particulars and found out that try-outs were at the same time Mike was at camp. This really got his goat. We always stressed that participation was more important than winning and that there had to be a way to accommodate situations like Mike's. So the quest began and we petitioned the school board and were able to institute a late try-out policy. Michael did get to practice with the team during the 2004 semester although he did not compete in the individual school competition, he did get to play in the Junior Open that fall. The summer of 2005 Mike decided to not go to camp and stayed home, he played in thirteen golf tournaments and made the 2005 West Bloomfield High School Golf Team.
Michael was so proud that he made the team. He knew that some of the other players may have been better than he was, but he was committed. He played all summer learning and growing. His coach recognized that in Michael. He knew Michael was a real team player and would support his teammates.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to play in the father-son outing that the coaches sponsor each year. Although we did not score well, we had a wonderful time together.
The Perfect Swing
Father & Son Outing
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