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'Pa' for the course
The golf season in the Northern Hemisphere is in full swing!—with three majors left: the US Open at The Olympic Club, San Francisco (June 14–17), the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Lancashire (July 19–22), and the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, South Carolina (August 9–12).
Several years ago I had the “temerity” to enter a qualifying tournament for the US Open Amateur Golf Championship, after having played several decades earlier on the European Professional Golf Tour. This qualifying event was being played in a semidesert area about 60 miles east of San Diego in blazing August sunshine. It was 36 holes in a day. No electric carts were permitted, which meant you carried your own clubs, pulled a cart, or found a caddy. No caddies were available that day, so I was pulling my own cart.
I went to the practice ground very early. It was filled with young men, all effortlessly driving about 300 yards. I waited, and when one young man had only a few practice balls left, I asked if I could step in. He looked around and said: “Sure. But is your man here yet?” He presumed I was a caddy, and I knew at once that this was going to be a testing day from several aspects.
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About the author
Brian Kissock is a Christian Science practitioner who lives in San Diego, California. He played in the qualifying tournament for this month's US Open.
M.M. Bennetts, Carmen Louise Votaw, Carol Logian
On your marks...!
Kim Shippey, Senior Staff Editor
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Completeness and fulfillment
Shining like stars
Prayer in a former war zone
Janet Cowgill Distel
The immediacy of healing
Betsie Ellington Tegtmeyer
Struggling with clutter?
Golf goals and God
'Pa' for the course
A debate deserving deep prayer
Disarming ethnic terrorism
Rely on spiritual reasoning
A healing support to family
Christians and Muslims working together
Returning to religious roots
Cathy Lynn Grossman
Healed after a trampoline fall
Pain stops; resentment toward mother fades
Where wealth and unselfishness meet