|Lois Cowles' 80th birthday w/ Carol.|
Lois Cowles, who raised three curious energetic and productive daughters from Miami, Ok, also, taught Kindergarten at Jefferson Elementary in Norman, Ok, for two decades. She lived by the belief, that the
In my attempt to stay young at heart, I recently played in the 100th celebration of WOGA, and on day two I met and lost to a determined "Flat Belly" (our term of endearment for youthful women golfers.)
|The look of youth.|
Kennedy Hudson, who just completed her first year of college at Northeastern State University and will be playing on the women's golf team, impressed me with her focus and ability to pull herself together after this old
|Letty and Kennedy|
I started playing golf because my mother forced me into the sport, and our deal was if I went a full year of golf and didn't like it then I could quit. On the first day of golf practice that January my coach, Ken Morrow, told me to grab my 7 iron, and I was totally confused. He could see my confusion and told me that it was the club with the upside down L on it. After I took my first swing, I fell in love with the game and realized that I could be someone in this sport. My first tournament was in March of that year, and I shot a 122. I was crying by the third hole. That year I was consistent in the 120's, and by my sophomore year I was consistent in the 90's. By my Junior and Senior year I was consistently playing in the 80's. My skills were strong enough to be recruited by Northeastern State University where I redshirted my freshman year of college, so I could continue to improve on my course management and shot making.
What I enjoy most about golf happens when I step on the course and my stress completely melts away. All I have to do is focus on my swing. I never realized that golf could teach life lessons, but it has taught me to leave behind whatever is in the past, and focus on what is going on right then and there. If I continue to think about a bad hole or bad shot then I'm not giving my full effort to the shot I'm about it hit. It has taken me many years to learn that lesson, but I feel like its the most important one. I love the feeling of competing against myself and the golf course. Sometimes when playing against someone it can bring out the bitterness in me to try a beat another person, that's why it's important to focus on the shot, the course, and the moment.
Thank heavens for mother's who push their children into life, and for children who keep the adults young at heart.