RBGolf

Living the Dream

A Lesson In Humility And To Keep Fighting

I just finished a Champions Tour Pre-Qualifier yesterday and felt like I was on the losing end of a prize fight. This was the first time that I’ve ever felt like tapping out in a tournament. I was out of any contention after the second hole. I had a 3 putt bogey on the first and a 9 on the par 5 second(tee shot hit a tree and went OB, then put the next one in the hazard). The rest of the day wasn’t much better. I had some of the worst lies, bad bounces and bad luck that I’ve ever experienced. It wasn’t all bad. I couldn’t have asked for 2 better playing partners that kept the mood light, refreshing, entertaining and educational. I got a few pointers on the way. I really learned the value of proper preparation and that I have to find the resources to be able to do practice rounds and establish a proper game plan. Without that, I’m doing myself and the game a disservice.I can promise you I won’t be this unprepared again.

I decided to take a few days off to clear the mind and work on some business proposals. I’m still raising money to go to Q-School in November. I have until the 15th of this month and it’s going to be close. I’ll be knocking on a few doors next week. For every 20 no’s, there’s always one yes. Hopefully, my next update will be that my entry is paid and that I’m preparing to go to Texas!!

Six Months Went By Fast

Wow, where did the time go. It doesn’t seem like six months since I wrote my last blog. We have lots to talk about. I have been really busy, but where should I start…hmmm.Let’s just jump in and start with expectations versus reality.

My expectations were to play play a lot of events on The OGA/Moonlight Tour in Orlando, a few Carolina Mountain Pro Tour events, and finish with several PGA Tour Champions Pre-Qualifiers. Then reality threw me the a curve ball. My equipment still wasn’t what I needed, I hadn’t had enough prep time, and definitely didn’t have enough money. So, I adjusted my time frame to the second half of the year. Working with ken Husvar at Victory Golf in Lake Wylie, SC has been a blessing. I have consistency throughout my bag and finally have reliable numbers. My dispersion pattern has narrowed quite a bit .

I had been doing odd jobs for my family to make some extra dollars and to make sure things were being done right for them. I was still bartending part time as well. Before I realized it, I was travelling between 3 states, working for a landscaper, picking up more bar shifts while the main bartender went on vacation, and trying to practice with what free time I had. I was putting my body through things at 54, that I probably could barely do at 24. I was exhausted. All the while, all I could think about was playing tournaments. I planned a trip to Orlando to play a few events with another golf pro. The trip didn’t turn out as expected, and I ended up just going to Orange County National for three days. Honestly, it was one of the best things that could have happened to me. I met some really nice people. I also got a glimpse of what I could do if I just had the time to devote just to the game. I came back to Charlotte feeling a lot better about things.

So, in August, I played my first PGA Tour Champions Pre-Qualifier. I didn’t get to play a practice round, drove 2.5 hours the morning of the event, and had played 3 times in the few weeks prior to the event with 2 of those being the few days before the event. Not trying to make excuses, it’s just the reality of my situation. I shot 84 with 2 doubles, and four 3-putts. I missed 6 birdies of 10 feet or less. I just never felt comfortable with my lines all day. Putting well, I maybe would have shot 74, or 75. Overall, I felt really good about what I accomplished. I wasn’t nervous. i didn’t lose a golf ball. I just need to play more golf and find my rhythm. According to some of my friends, the rhythm gene skipped me!!

The expectation for the next month is to be able to play a few events before the month ends. I have my second Pre-Qualifier in Wilson, NC for The SAS Championship on Oct 6. I’ve been working hard to be able to take the two weeks off before the Pre-Qualifier and get better prepared. The reality of this happening is looking pretty good, but not guaranteed. After the Pre-Qualifier, I’m looking at PGA Tour Champions Q-School in November. Instead of Florida, I’m looking at Montgomery, Texas instead. I’ve got a few feelers out and will start trying to raise money for that starting next week. The entry fee alone is $3000. If I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it as big as possible. Hope you all are ready for a wild ride the next few months. Thanks for your time and continued support for RBGOLF. Have a good weekend. If you are near the path of Hurricane Florence, please be safe.

RBGOLF

Getting Ready For The Season

   Hey all, hope this day finds you in good health and attitude. It's been a while since I posted, so I wanted to let you know what I've been doing. I finally have my BP in control after a two year battle. Changed some medication, started a gym routine, getting to bed relatively early and am learning how to deal with stress/anxiety better. I still enjoy my pizza, tacos and burgers once in a while. I spent the last 2 months traveling between Sumter, SC and Lawrenceville, Ga helping my parents and sister with household maintenance. There were a few weeks where I traveled to both places during the week. Even though I was exhausted, my family has become very important to me as I have gotten older.

   I have always quoted the definition of insanity to people , but apparently forgot to apply it to myself. Basically, it's doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. For the past few years, I've tried to play tournaments while trying to raise money at the same time. It just doesn't work. My last trip to Orlando, I was down to my last $30 after leaving the event. I was exhausted, and probably shouldn't have been driving. I didn't have enough for a hotel, so I drove home.  If you're worried about that, how do you expect to concentrate during an event? Answer is, you don't! I was set to make the same mistake this year. I was all prepared to make a trip to Orlando in January even though I wasn't ready in any aspect. Lucky for me the weather changed all of that. I cancelled my trip and had to to think about what I was doing and what I needed to do to get where I wanted to be. I've been working with Ken Husvar(Victory Golf) to get properly fit with my equipment. My man, John Galyean, has been the eyes on my swing. I go to the gym with a plan instead of winging it. My sponsor, Better Brain & Body, is teaching me how to focus at a better level. My old friends at Dynamic Health & Pain Management helped me with some knee issues. I've assembled a great support team that I can count on to be there.

   In closing, I always need to thank the people that have been there since the journey started. My boys have been there since the days behind the bar at Champps Americana. They keep me humble and have always been there. I hit some lows the last few years, but they had my back. I appreciate you guys more than you know. I promise to make it up to you and make the journey worthwhile very soon.  Thanks to all the people that continue to support RBGOLF. Stay tuned, it's going to be a great year!

Fighting High Blood Pressure

IMG_3972.JPG

   This has become an everyday habit for me as of the last year, but I’ve really been taking it to task lately. Having to read labels sucks, but has been very enlightening as well. Those of you that know that I have a weakness for coffee, chocolate milk, pizza and cheeseburgers and fries. I won’t say those days are completely gone, but I try to maintain some balance. 

   As I try to stay away from fast food, I️ started eating more subs thinking that was a better option and adding baked chips. It seems that things that are considered heather options are still loaded with sodium. Some examples: 2 slices of deli turkey- 500+mg, multigrain bread-150 mg, energy bars-240 mg, peanut butter-140mg. These are just a few, but the list is long and strong. One of the funniest ones I’ve seen is an Organic cookie that had 80mg of sodium, but it was only for 1/2 a cookie. Who the hell eats just 1/2 a cookie?  

   Hypertension runs in my family, as well as anxiety. So, I also have to control my anxiety because it has a direct correlation to my blood pressure. I absolutely hate taking medication, but this is the hand that I have been dealt. So, I cook more at home, try to drink more water, hardly drink alcohol, drink decaf(sucks) coffee, started drinking hot green tea with honey at night, try to get to be earlier, and lower my stress(haha)!!! I’m getting back in the gym after being either in Ga or SC every week for the last few months. This is definitely a lifestyle change and is going to take some work. I’ve always been able to eat whatever I want, but apparently those days are over. A word of advice, if you’re over the age of 35, overweight, especially African-American, go get your BP checked. After all, it has earned the reputation as The Silent Killer for good reason. If anyone has any good no/low sodium recipes, please send them my way. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you all soon. Fairways and Greens! RBGOLF 

Living On The Edge

   Having just picked up my car after being in the body shop for 48 days, I'm just angry. I'm not angry at anyone, or anything particular, but it's just been building for quite some time.  It seems that one step forward two steps backs scenario has been my life for the past few years. I get a donation for $100 one day and get a bill for $120 the next. I get a golf trip sponsored for a week in Florida, but am so tired from residual things before the trip that I'm exhausted after the first tournament. I pick up a shift at the bar to make some extra cash, try to help the  barback and drop a keg on my ankle. Luckily, it was a glancing blow. The day after I come back from Florida, some dude nearly totals my car while I'm in a restaurant. Now that it's fixed, the trade in value is that of a bicycle. I could go on, but you get the point.

   I live my life on the edge because I'm a professional golfer that is playing a sport that requires money that I don't have. Hence, the need for sponsors and donations. I always thought the people that lived on the edge were often criminals. You know, felons carrying guns or drugs. Thrill seekers jumping off of mountains or jumping canyons on motorcycles. Gamblers who can be rich in the afternoon and broke with knee breakers chasing them in the evening. We all have one thing in common. There is little or no margin for error. For the criminal, there is either jail or a violent death. For the thrill seekers, it's either broken bones or death. For the gambler, it's the option of losing everything. For me, it's pay this bill or buy this club, get a lesson, play a tournament or even eat something other than spaghetti for 6 straight days. I'm as broke as I have ever been in my life. I'm sitting here right now thinking of things that I can sell to help. I'm looking for another bartending job to help catch up. Why am I here, living on the edge? I'm here because I believe in myself and I will get it done. That's why we all do it. The risk of losing everything because you believe you can do it. Yea, a lot of things need to go right but it's worth the risk. 

   I'm still angry, but it will subside. Tomorrow I hope to wake up and start a new day. I will be out chasing that elusive sponsor and looking for a job.  I guess what I've been trying to say is you can live on the edge for alll the right reasons, but all the wrong things might happen to you. So, do you crawl in a hole and whimper poor me and quit? Do you suck it up, take the body blow and get angry? I'll be on the edge, angry, but with a smile on my face. The anger will eventually dissipate, but that smile will be there for a long time. Come join me on the edge. 

                 RBGOLF  

Learning How to Play Tournament Golf

   Having just returned from my first solo trip to Florida to play in tournaments on the OGA/Moonlight Tour, I have had time to evaluate some things. I had a great overall experience. There is definitely a learning curve that needs to be respected. 

   First of all, let's talk about scheduling and logistics. Having not playing 18 holes 2 days in a row, nevertheless, 3 days in a row, I definitely set myself up. I made a critical mistake of not allowing myself a rest day and it took it's toll on me. I need to establish a routine and try my best to stick to it. Being efficient with my time needs to become a priority.  Until I start doing multiple day events, I need to allow myself time to work out deficiencies that occur during play. I DEFINITELY NEED PRACTICE ROUNDS!!

   Now, let's talk about fitness and nutrition. As much as I may think and act like I'm 25, my body is 53. I spent a lot of time in the car, lost my fitness levels, and ate like crap, and paid the price. Finding places with kitchenettes will be a main priority next trip. Not eating properly is a fatal mistake. I've been an athlete most of my life and should know better. As for fitness, we'll leave it at cardio, stretching and recovery.

   To end, let's talk about game plan. As Mike Tyson once said, "Everyone has a game plan until they get punched in the face.". It's hard to establish a plan having never played the course. There are two things I've learned about Florida courses: 1- lakes and ponds are often invisible from tee boxes 2- I have never played in this kind of wind(humbling). I need to be better prepared when I play on these tours. Going back to my cycling days, it would be comparable to having my bike set up for a fast criterium only to be racing a mountain stage. being better prepared and developing a comfort level will come in time. I wouldn't be out there if I didn't think I could compete and win. Nervousness is transitioning to calm which is transitioning to confidence. I can't wait to get back!!

The Light, I See The Light

   Happy December to everyone, I haven't posted in some time. Hope Thanksgiving was good to all of you. So, let's get to right to the  subject at hand.                           

   I've been on this grind fo a few years. Each year I learn a little more and get closer to my goal. Most importantly, I've learned you can't do this on your own. Family, friends, business partners are the key to getting you through the rough patches. The next most important thing I have learned is that there are a lot of rough patches. However, I finally can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The finish line to phase 1 and the beginning of phase 2 are within reach. Phase 1 is working on the game and trying to secure money for tournaments. Phase 2 will be playing consistent tournament golf and doing PGA Tour Champions qualifiers.

   The ever elusive light at the end of the tunnel has been toying with me for quite a while. Every time I feel I'm close, something comes up. The majority of the time it's financial. I spend so much money in preparing for a trip, that there's hardly anything left when it's time for the trip. I have had a trip to Florida sponsored by a really nice group of people. I'm in preparation to go back in the next few weeks to play in a few more tournaments. With a good showing, I have some potential sponsorship dollars on the line. Once again, I can see the light. Yes, there are some things that need to go my way. I need to raise a few more dollars. The old saying, "It takes money to make money.", is spot on. That light, oh that light, I see you again my friend! You've treated me like an ex that you're not sure if you want to let back in. Soon my friend, I will break out of this darkness and step into the light. Very soon...

 

 

Back In The Grind

   Last week I finally got back to tournament play. The anticipation was making me a little crazy. The main difference was, even though I didn't play well, I expected to play well. To be honest, I tanked. I put some unrealistic expectations on myself and it eventually was my demise on that day. So, let's get into it.

   I arrived at the course a little over an hour before my tee time. I checked in, grabbed some snacks, got some range balls and headed straight to the putting green. As the range began to clear, I was in the last group out, I walked over and started my routine. Everything was clicking and I was feeling more confident by the swing. I finished the warm up with a couple of 2 irons, because that would be the club I would hit off the first tee. I went back to the putting green for a few minutes and then went to the first tee. The first hole was a really short par 5(450 yd par 5, dogleg right with OB on the right). I hit 2 iron off the tee and had roughly 200 to the pin. I hit 5 iron to the right of the green and had a relatively simple chip to set up a birdie putt. Well, 4 strokes later I walk off the green with a bogey. The next hole, another 2 iron off the tee followed by a 6 iron in the bunker. I hit a patch of clay underneath my ball and flew the green into the hazard. the end result was a triple bogey. I never recovered. The end result was an 89 with 2 triples, 2 doubles and 3 3-putts. What the hell is going on?

   Well, a few days ago I found out. I have some anxiety issues. Apparently it runs rampant in my family but it was never talked about. I experienced it before last year, but just thought I had overheated. After the first two holes, my mind began to develop different scenarios. I stopped my pre-shot routine, abandoned my strategy and started free wheeling. My heart felt like it was coming out of my chest and I couldn't catch my breath. This isn't what you want during a tournament round. Now that I know what is going on, I can attack the problem. I childhood friend of mine sent me a DVD on rest and relaxation that some of her airmen use. It has different techniques for breathing. I also need to back off the amount of caffeine I intake. It's a work in progress, but nothing that can't be overcome.  I just need to stay in the moment and play each shot. I look forward to playing in tournaments next week and taking things to the next level. Have a great week!! 

What Happened To Manners

  Oh boy, where do I start with this one. The gradual decay in decorum in everyday life has definitely infiltrated the golf course. Just from working as a starter for a few hours a week, I see it first hand. Let's get this conversation going. 

   First of all, the noise level on the course has increased dramatically. Sure, we all yell after a birdie, eagle, great shot or a ball in the hazard. That's just basic emotion. If you've played enough golf, you it has definitely made you emotional. However, some things are just uncalled for. Consider the guy that started screaming "Mashed Potatoes" after tee shots on the PGA Tour. We all agree that golf can be a bit boring at times, but why are you screaming? Are you hungry? Looking for a little television exposure? Now, let's just transition this into the Bluetooth speaker craze. After being in the restaurant/bar business for 30 years, I prefer the sounds of nature with an occasional outburst of profanity after a bad shot. It's just my opinion. Sure the music always starts out soft on the first hole. However, by the 18th hole, it sounds like a Metallica concert. Don't even start. I love Metallica, but not everyone does. Plenty of people love music on the course until it's something they don't like. That's when the calls come into the pro shop about loud music. If you must have it, keep it at a respectable volume.

   Rather than write a long essay about this I'll just list some other examples:                                1:  Pulling up to the tee while a player is in the process of hitting their tee shot                            2:  Having long conversations on your cell phone all round                                                              3: Driving your cart all around the green                                                                                         4:  Spitting sunflower seeds or dip on the greens                                                                            5:  Repairing divots/raking bunkers/6 hour rounds                                                                         6:  Do you really need a case of beer for a 9 hole course                                                                7:  Mulligans, creative score keeping                                                                                                8:  Play ready golf                                                                                                                             9:  Stop waiting for the green to clear on the par 5 for your second shot that is 270 out over      water, when you only hit your drive 250 with roll...C'mon man!                                                       10: STOP STEALING GOLF CLUBS...I want my wedge back

   Let's get back to being polite to one another and enjoy this great game that we love and loathe at the same time. That person that you decide to piss off on the course might be the same person that you have an interview with next week. Until we meet again!!

Being Injured and The Recovery Process

   Three years ago while on a boys trip to Rochester, NY, I was on the 10th tee and felt a sharp pain in my side on my downswing. Not thinking much of it, I hit another tee shot(first shot went OB right) and hit that one even further right. This time the pain was even more intense and didn't go away. I spent the remainder of the round as a cart spectator. I got back to the hotel, put some ice on it and called it a day. Little did I know that was the start of an eight month rehab process. 

   When I got back in town, I went back to bartending full-time and trying to play through the pain. I didn't realize how bad it was. There is no visible physical item, such as a cast, that people can see. So, when you tell people you are in pain, it's hard for them to imagine especially when they see you functioning at work. I can tell you that on a scale of 1-10, the pain was usually close to 8. It was tough to sleep. Work was a nightmare. Sometimes, I would walk away from the bar to go in the hallway just to help alleviate the pain. The last time I tried to play golf I shot 101.

   One afternoon, my good friend/instructor(PGA Professional John Galyean) told me about this place called Dynamic Health & Pain Management(DHPM) on South Blvd. I went straight there with not a lot of hope. I was immediately welcomed and treated like family. Dr. Cox, Dr. Matz, Niko Miles, Mary Miles, Elizabeth Satterfield and the rest of the staff made me feel like I had come to the right place. I took a few x-rays, answered a questionnaire and was given a course of action. The major point for me was that I was told I would definitely get back on the course again. I just needed to follow the protocols and do my part. I am a little hard headed so there was a little adjustment period and a few choice words from Dr. Matz. Once the rehab started, I started back on the range after a few months. I think the first day I hit 15 golf balls before I felt a twinge. I took a few days off and the next time it was 25. I am not a patient person so this process was not making me happy. The mental rehab was much more difficult than the physical rehab. I was so afraid of a setback that I wouldn't fully commit to letting my swing go. The worst thing you can do as an athlete is try not to get hurt again. It took me almost two months to finally turn it loose and see what happens. 

   These days I'm back to playing/practicing everyday. I've played 36 holes quite a few times and have even driven 8 hours and played after some stretching. I have to maintain a level of fitness to keep my core strong. I don't go 100 percent all the time and have learned the art of practicing with a purpose. At 52, I can still do the things I did in my 20's. The issue is it takes a little more maintenance and recovery time. Man has to learn his limitations. I have to listen to my body and sometimes we don't get along. Even at my age, I'm still a work in progress. I don't wish injuries on anyone. If, however, you do get hurt, get immediate medical advice and listen to your doctor. Here's to great health for the remainder of 2016 and beyond.

   

The Plight of the African-American Professional Golfer

   Good morning, hope this Monday comes with you doing well. With all that is transpiring in the world, especially here in the U.S., I thought this would be an appropriate subject. Race has always been a sensitive subject and it always will. It's hard to understand the viewpoint of someone of a different race unless you take the time to actually listen to what they have to say. You may not agree with what that person has to say, but you might have a better understanding of why they do certain things. In this conversation, I'm going to focus on what I've experienced in the world of golf. This is strictly my opinion.

   I've been playing a local mini-tour in the Charlotte and surrounding area off and on for the last 4 years. In those 4 years. I've seen 3 other African-American players. Let that sink in a minute. In 4 years, I've seen only seen 3 African-American players. I know there are a substantial amount of quality players in the area. Why are we not out in force playing in these events? Why are we not out forcing the issue? From my experience, it starts as soon as I step out of the car. It's 2016 and I still have people staring at me as soon as I pull in the parking lot. Then the sense of isolation hits. Everyone for the most part is friendly, but I still keep my guard up. I'm always dressed appropriately, well mannered, well spoken and businesslike. I always keep it in my head to make it easier for the next man up.There are times when I feel like certain people are waiting for me to do something stupid so justifications can be made. Once on the course, the thoughts dissipate and I just play golf. Once the round is over, I never stick around to chat with the other players. I usually wait for the scores and head straight for the car. I admit, there are times when I isolate myself for no real reason. Sometimes, from previous experiences, it just happens that way.

   Now, let's talk a bit about support. I practice at Charles L Sifford GC in Charlotte, NC. I love it there. Wes Jones and the staff do a great job and have made me feel welcome. You see living history almost everyday. There are African-American players that couldn't play there when they were younger because it was a segregated course. Many of them were Tour worthy players. It is also home to The First Tee of Charlotte. This is an organization that gets kids involved early and teaches them not only golf, but values that can be used later in life. My concern is once some of these kids get to the point of turning pro, where are they going to find the money. Let's be frank, golf is an expensive sport. The better you become, the more time it consumes. You can't really hold down a job if you want to play full-time. That is your job. How do we get more support from the African-American community for players trying to make that jump into the professional ranks. It seems so often that as players we are trying to raise funds from the same group of people. There's only so much to go around. I once asked a former African-American player for advice, not sponsorship, and he politely told me I would have to figure that out on my own. It seems that we at times don't want to make it easier for the next man up. Is it the mentality of if I had to struggle, you need to struggle? With walls like this, no wonder we are few and far between on the PGA. I met a quality young man that is a college player. He was talking about getting a 3 wood. I happened to have one in my trunk that was a few years old and I gave it to him. I happen to be playing a 3 wood that I friend gave to me. I don't have a lot of money. Okay, let's be real. I don't have any money, but I helped him how I could. Isn't that the way it should be?  The struggle will continue until we start helping the next man up. If you see me out on the range, come say hello and have a conversation. Have a great week and remember to thank your PGA professional.

Sponsorship-The Art of Selling Yourself

   So, as a professional golfer, or any professional athlete for that matter, the key to financial freedom often lies with having sponsors. Let's talk about why it's difficult for players like myself to attract sponsors. All sponsors are looking for something from you, whether that being media exposure, monetary gain, a tax break, or potential. These are all viable reasons. Which one best fits me? Let's explore!

   I didn't play in college. I spent most of my college years drinking beer, chasing women, flunking out and racing bicycles. Golf was there but not a priority for me. So, I'm not a big name that a company can use to gain exposure in the golf world. Most people in Charlotte only know me from being the grumpy old bartender with the hat tan. That's not going to sell any golf equipment, or make them any money. There is always someone looking for a tax break. I know a few guys that have had this option open up for them. These are few and far in between.

   So, let's talk about potential. I have an uneasy truce with this word. How do I sell myself if the main thing I have is potential. Is there a gauge for potential? How about a guideline? How do I get you to open up your wallet for me when I go out and shoot 85-90 in a mini-tour event? What you don't see is how exhausted I am from helping a friend build a deck for 8 hours, bartending until 4am, driving 2 hours to do yard work for my parents and then driving 2 hours back or picking up any odd job that I can. With all of that, let's add in waking up at 6am to play/practice to beat the heat and getting to the gym. I'm in great shape, but at 52 I don't recover as quickly with all of that going on. That's why as much as I hate the word potential, it's what I need the most right now. I need someone that sees the potential in me to be able to compete on The PGA Tour Champions. I have to sell myself to a sponsor on the concept of potential. Have I sold you yet? Don't believe me. Give me a chance and I'll own up to my POTENTIAL!!

   

My first Blog

   So, what is the price you are willing to pay to play professional golf? What is your absolute limit? I used to think I had one, but the line has blurred since then. I have no money. I have to rely on my friends for a lot of things. I get tired of asking and I'm sure they get tired of me asking. My social life is non-existent. I tend to spend more time alone, or talking to Bugs(my cat). I think even he has grown tired of me. The better I get, the more time and money it seems to consume. I keep trying to find a sponsor, but it's hard to find one without a huge playing resume. It's hard for me to get my scores down when I spend a lot of time picking up odd jobs to make money that require a day or two for me to physically recover. I raid my parents freezer every two weeks to keep food at the house. At 52, I moved out of my apartment into a close friend's house to chase the dream. I'm sure he's tired of me already. I spend hours in the gym, at the range, on the course, and staring at the walls. There are days where I just want it to go away.     

   So, why don't I quit. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment. I'm hooked. I believe in myself enough to keep fighting. My parents believe in me. My friends believe in me. I've had total strangers come up to me on the range and talk to me and tell me to keep fighting. I've met guys that walked away and regret it everyday. They tell me to keep fighting. After all, if you don't believe in yourself, how do you expect someone else to believe in you. So, I'll continue to wake up and be at the course at 7am. I'll continue to practice and play with a purpose. I'll continue to do late night sessions at the gym. I'll continue to stare at the walls and piss off my cat. I'll continue to believe in myself and chase that dream. I'll continue to believe that someone will take that chance and believe in me enough to sponsor me. Without belief, what's life really about?    #RBGOLF