I’m not certain, but by rough estimate I’ve written 10,113 articles/columns/features on Tiger Woods. I’ve discussed everything from playing St. Andrews to traveling with John Daly.
But there’s nothing I enjoy more in this business than telling a story that needs to be told. These are stories of inspiration and great spirit. Stories of tragedy and heartache. These are stories of life.
There is the saying: Golf is life. You can really plug in any activity into the subject line of that sentence and it will apply to someone. Golf, however, is not life; it’s a just a part of it.
But for some, golf is a very important part of life. It’s a way for them to connect with a family member, a way to socialize, a way to help them cope with an illness.
For a decade, I’ve been able to tell the stories of people like Jeff Julian, Mallory Code and Scott Draper, as well as everyday people like Jay Lamothe and Molly Esordi.
In 2005, I traveled with Rich Lerner and Golf Channel producer Matthew Hegarty to New Orleans for their “Golf Chronicles” shoot. I was able to write a complimentary series about the role of golf in the aftermath of Katrina. It might not seem important, but golf was quite meaningful to quite a few people during that time.
There are plenty more stories out there. Plenty of which I am not aware. That’s where you come in. If you have or know of an inspirational story relating to golf, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org – the same if you have one of woe or caution which relates to the sport.
I won’t be able to tell every tale, but hopefully there will be a few I can select which will offer more meaning to you the readers than any op-ed ever could.
Email your stories to Mercer Baggs