Golf during my teenager years consumed a great deal of my time. In reflecting on my teenage years as I read Life in the Fairway What Golf teaches us about integrity by Chad Bonham, I was reminded of just how much time golf took up in my teenager years. My teenager years were difficult years for me as my parents got divorced and there was a lot of pain and dumb decisions that I made. Even though I regularly attended church as a teenager, I can honestly as an adult admit that golf was my idol in high school. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t go to church or love Jesus, I did, but what I worshipped was the idol of becoming a professional golfer. Even though I could hit the golf ball three hundred yards and played Varsity golf and many, many people encouraged me to go professional, I knew that wasn’t the calling the Lord had for me.
This book brought back many memories of my teenage years with all of its pain but also its joys. On Father’s Day June 15, 1997 I got a hole in one with a six iron from 170 years as a sixteen year old. I can still remember the feeling I had when I got that hole in one and my reaction afterwards, it was a moment with my dad I will never forget. Golf was not only something I did because I enjoyed the competition, but something I genuinely enjoyed going outside and doing. Even as an adult though my time is much more limited I still enjoy going out to play and still play quite well.
In this new book Life in the Fairway readers will learn from some of the top young players on the PGA Tour such as Webb Simpson (winner of the US Open 2012) and Stewart Cink (who won the British Open). Through their story and teaching readers will learn how integrity is at the heart of all these athletes do. Golf is unlike all professional sports in that it is a game where one referees themselves, even calling penalties on oneself and relying on one’s own personal integrity to make the right decisions at any given time on the course. For example Webb Simpson once called a penalty on himself because the ball moved just before he stroked a putt. That penalty cost him the tournament but also gained him a lot of respect in the golfing community for being a person of integrity. The point is the game of golf has a lot to teach us about what it means to be a person of integrity.
In this book you will read of the accomplishments of many men not just with athletic skill but also with integrity both professionally and personally. This book will help you to learn to resist the many temptations that cross your path by helping you to strive to set an example for others by living the same way in private as in public—learning that integrity is vital not just to the game of golf but to living a life that glorifies God and impacts others for the Kingdom of God. I recommend you read this book—even if your not interested in golf these men have something to teach us about integrity. These men through their examples everyday teach us that integrity is costly but a priceless gift reflected in the life of one who takes their commitments, choices and decisions seriously.
Title: Life in the Fairway
Author: Chad Bonham
Publisher: Master Books(2012)
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