First off, let me apologize for the long blogging hiatus. Now, about a week ago one of the biggest fears I have had in my professional career finally came true. We all know that golf is one of the largest forms of entertainment, hobbies, topics of conversation, distractions from actual work, excuse to be outdoors, etc for people of the professional world. Although I have known this for quiet some time now, I still constantly chose not to learn to play golf, and justified it by saying that it was an ‘old fashioned’ way of doing business, and thus not a fully needed skill. Still I ultimately knew that the day would eventually come when I would meet my demise on the golf course, and that day was yesterday.
When I originally gave my current boss and his boss the warning of how terrible I would be on the course, he assured me not to worry. His explanation being that none of them were actually good, and that we were playing in a vendor tournament, thus not our customer that I would be showcasing my lack of skills in front of. However this does not take into account how uncomfortable I would feel as I continuously failed to even make contact with the golf ball hole after hole in front of the senior management of my brewery. Nonetheless, I agreed to play, however went through the rest of the week repeatedly letting everyone know how bad I would be, as to set the bar as low as possible.
After the first whole, in which I swung my club 4 times, made contact with the ball three times, landed the ball on the fairway a total of 0 times, and had not 1 of my strokes be used (scramble format), I am pretty confident they finally understood how awful I truly was, and most of the pressure was then taken off. Overall the performance on the golf course was horrendous, but if I do say so myself I showed glimpses of being just bad.
Along with the baby steps I was able to make in my golf game, spending time on the course schmoozing and boozing (we are a beer company after all), with some co-workers and vendors definitely made it all worthwhile. Whelp, I hope you all enjoyed this week’s edition of The Beer World, I will leave you with a video on the Social Media Revolution that one of the other GMTs just passed along to me: