If you’ve read my other blog posts, you know my dad taught me that “It’s not if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” In fact, that was the sports mantra of my youth. But when Vince Lombardi said, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” sportsmanship took a backseat.
I just played in one of the most enjoyable, competitive matches of my life because sportsmanship came first. And generosity of spirit was a close second.
It was during a 4-day, 6-round “Ryder Cup” type tournament with 16 very competitive friends – 8 per team. In the final day’s singles match, I drew a woman whose nickname is Patti “Putts”. Yup, she’s such a good putter that her nickname is “Putts”. I have the same nickname…although mine is spelled with a Z.
I usually start out a match […]