Friday, May 05, 2006

Golf News

There have been a couple of stories from the golf world this week that I think are worth consideration here.

The first is the ongoing saga of John Daly. Bless his heart -- this guy definitely has addiction tendencies. He has battled alcoholism for years. And now we are told that he has lost 60 million dollars gambling! Yes, that is 60 with six zeros after it.

That's sad enough in itself. But here is the saddest thing. His plan of action to deal with his gambling problem is to set himself a loss limit before he enters a casino. John, take my advice. Don't enter the casino! That is the only way to deal with addictions!

Actually, the only cure for John's addictive personality is Jesus -- the Great Healer.

Then we heard of the passing of Tiger Wood's father on Wednesday. I am always moved by father-son relationships like Earl and Tiger Woods. The lead line to one article said, "Earl Woods, who was more determined to raise a good son than a great golfer . . ." While Earl wanted Tiger to excel in golf, he also instilled in him a desire to help others. As a result, Tiger has given multi-millions to establishing foundations to help underprivileged children. This has become one of his passions.

Here are Tiger's own words after the passing of his father: "My dad was my best friend and greatest role model. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend. I wouldn't be where I am today without him, and I'm honored to continue his legacy of sharing and caring."

So, one man blows 60 million dollars gambling. And another gives millions to reach out to the underprivileged. Interesting contrast.


Jeff said...

I'm still trying to figure out how Daly had $60 million to blow. I don't think he earned it on the golf course.

One picture that comes from this is no matter how famous and no matter what our problems, we all need the same thing...the saving grace of our Lord.

randy said...

I used play tennis in Dallas on the Trinity River Bottoms adjacent to LB Houston golf. I distinctly remember when Tiger Woods first starting professionally not being ablt to play because he was giving a free clinic for underprivileged children and they had to shut the whole facility down.

My sarcastic side would like to point out that no one ever hears of a top shooter dropping $60M at blackjack. Of course y'all probably never heard of David Tubbs, Walt Berger, or Nancy Gallergher Tomkins.