Essay – golf narrative – Brief Article
In our September 2000 issue, Golf Digest and Ford Motor Company asked readers to submit essays about their ultimate golf getaways. Robin Ross’ story, excerpted below, was selected from the more than 5,000 submitted. Ross won a trip to a Golf Digest School, a set of Ping golf clubs and a golf getaway, spa visit and wine-country tour in California, courtesy of the automaker.
As an 8-year-old entrepreneur, I collected golf balls, buffed them to a glossy shine and bartered them back to golf enthusiasts on the 14th hole. We exchanged conversation and greenbacks. It was on the golf course that I first heard about the field of medicine, and the golf course became my segue to remote parts of the world. My parents were not well off, so I received information about the world from golfers, novels and magazines at the library. I dreamed of travel. Today, I am a practicing ophthalmologist and retina specialist who has been able to travel the world doing medical mission work. While I have learned that vision is more than eyesight, I have not found my childhood path back home to the old local golf course. Dreams are real while they last; this escape would help me to see more of life.
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