The Moment that Sparked the Dream

by JL Lewis on October 23, 2011

 I received a question on Twitter recently that said, “Describe a moment in your golfing past when you knew you were good and could potentially become a great golfer.”

I knew I could potentially become a great golfer when I was about 11 or 12 years old, in 1971. A trick shot artist named Paul Hahn, Jr. came to the golf club I played at when I was a child, Emporia Country Club. Paul Hahn, Jr. put on an impressive trick shot performance of golf tricks like hitting shots off of two and four foot tees. Afterward in Emporia, Kansass, I was fortunate to play in a nine hole exhibition with Paul Hahn, Jr., the Emporia Country Club professional, and the club champion at the time. The trick shot artist shot 41 and I shot 40. After the round he told my parents and I that I could pursue a career in golf.  This experience and Paul Hahn’s encouragement sparked the moment.  From that point on I felt like I was capable of having a professional career in golf.

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bob welsh November 2, 2011 at 1:23 am

Great story. I think that kind of boost in your confidence at that age is the kind of thing that sets kids free to pursue their dreams. I have fond memories of the two or three times I got to play with you and Larry at Live Oak. Even though I was already getting close to 50 then you inspired me with a couple of “Good Shot” comments. I was really glad when I saw you were playing the Champions and wish you continued success!

Promotional Golf Gifts November 15, 2011 at 5:33 am

That is a great story of your first big step in golf. I wish I had started when I was young. I have a 6 year old grandson that is in the 1st Tee program. I will not push him. I just want to encourage him and get out of the way so his natural ability come out.

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