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My Time on the Green GOING PRO
Do you ever have that “What if?” moment where you find yourself thinking, “What if I never got into this field? What would I be doing today?” It can be surreal to think about another version of your life where you took a different path. This isn’t a question I often ask myself, mind you, because I know the answer already. If I wasn’t an oral surgeon, I’d be a professional golfer. In fact, before I went back to school, I was a professional golfer!
Growing up, I played tons of sports, but tennis was my favorite. I spent a lot of time on the tennis courts in my early teens, until my parents got a house in Florida. There weren’t many other kids around to play tennis with down in the Sunshine State, so I had to find some other way to occupy my time. Since I’m not one for gator wrestling, at 15 I decided to take my first golf lesson. Turns out, I love it more than tennis.
GOLF IS A CONSTANT INTERNAL STRUGGLE.
UNLIKE TEAM SPORTS, YOU
but in the back of my mind I was always thinking, “How good can I be?” After my first semester, I dropped out and moved down to Florida to play golf professionally on mini tours. I took lessons from the world’s top instructors, played in tournaments, and was making money off the game. It was a great experience. I played on the mini tours for three years, until I met my wife-to-be. This was a woman I could see myself being with for a long time, but that wasn’t going to happen if I was traveling all the time for tours. Leaving the game behind, I went back to school, finished my undergrad, and moved on to dental school, medical school, and my surgical residency. Soon kids came along, I started my own practice, and now I don’t play golf anymore. I just don’t have the time, but that’s not a bad thing. I got to go pro, and it was awesome. Now I get to be a dad and run my own practice, and that’s awesome, too. I’m glad I took the chance and went after my dream in college. Today, my “What ifs?” don’t come with regrets.
CAN ONLY RELY ON YOURSELF TO SUCCEED.
At first, I really liked the fact that I didn’t have to wait on anyone else to play golf. As long as I had a course and some clubs, I could enjoy the game all on my own. Over time, I found more reasons to keep playing. Golf is a constant internal struggle. Unlike team sports, you can only rely on yourself to succeed. You need to have some degree of self-discipline to put the hours in, but if you commit, it’s great to see your hard work pay off. I liked seeing myself improve, both physically (in the way I handled the clubs and hit the ball) and mentally (in my ability to keep my head in the game and focus on the next hole). As I got really into the sport, I joined my high school golf team. I got really good really fast, and by the time I was a senior, I was shooting par. After graduating, I went on to start college in the fall,
But you know, in five years I’ll qualify for the seniors’ tour. It might be worth seeing if I can live that dream again.
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