BLOG: ‘It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts.’
Posted: Tue, 12 May 2015 12:14
'It's not the winning, it's the taking part that counts.'
Normally I would vehemently disagree with this statement but after the Workplace Challenge tournament on Sunday I am beginning to see the merits of this phrase. We finished joint sixth, three shots behind the winning team, but instead of disappointment, I felt elation.
Since my two dodgy knees forced me to give up football, I have longed for a competitive sport that offered the same camaraderie and enjoyment. I'm pleased to say that golf has filled that void. As we moved from hole to hole I was able to witness the true social nature of the sport. We followed the team from Millbrook around and it was great to hear about their experiences. The blossoming friendship however was nearly nipped in the bud as my tee shot went awry and narrowly missed the group as they waited to start their next hole..thankfully they saw the funny side.
As I looked around I saw plenty of ladies laughing, whooping and chatting and my team was no exception. At times I laughed so much my sides hurt, particularly as my teammate Pippa kept nervously checking for any sign of our coach, Adie, before attempting an audacious 'bad' putt from about 20 yards out. What she didn't account for was the watching eyes of County Development Officer, Marc Smith who I'm sure had a little chuckle to himself.
It was also great to see people so delighted by their accomplishments. I waited with bated breath as my Mum anxiously prepared to tee off in front of a waiting crowd. She had always been nervous about her tee shots and swayed between hitting it reasonably straight but not very far and scuffing it. But in front of the gathering crowd, nervous energy coursing through her veins she played the perfect tee shot leaving us just short of the green. I was bursting with pride and the huge grin on her face showed just how pleased she really was.
I must say I think my Mum is even more keen than I am. Last night I was led out to the shed, eyes covered, to be shown a set of full clubs she purchased from a friend and I've already been booked up for a couple of rounds over the coming weeks. Whilst this may be my final blog, my golfing adventure will most certainly continue. Thursday I finally get to have a go with a driver, to say I am excited is a gross understatement.
So a big well done to all the ladies who took part in the Workplace Challenge golf, particularly Stockwood who completely bossed it and fully deserved their victory, I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did and will continue to enjoy it for weeks, months and years to come.