Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Campfire vs. inferno

     I love everything about sports. We are lucky to live in a community with such great local sports coverage. In the skiing world, I have followed the families Pattersons, Streets, Sarchetts, Crists and now the Fitzgeralds. Every Wednesday, I follow local friends’ warrior pursuits, their children’s dreams and ambitions, local clubs, middle school and high school team’s drive, spirit and belief. I love those with the vision for the youth—the Rick Kapalas, Richard Whitelaws and John Rades, and the future of this vision with the Kelly Sinnotts and the Brandeis Coshows. I love those who fix and get us back in it—the John Koths and Colleen Coynes. Every Wednesday, I get to follow Miles Fink-Debray, Alexia Turzian, Melissa Arnot, Morgan Arritola, Cody Lampel, Joey Sydes, Richard Feldman and K.T. Martinez!

     Earlier this month, I was part of the headline for being “on fire”! I will take that expression and compliment every day of the year! It was fun! But we need to set the record straight on the difference between a score of 68 and a 78 in golf. If Meador and Hutchinson were both on fire, mine was a campfire and his was an inferno. In any golf round, let alone a tournament, a score of 78 to 68 is a world of difference. One is a six-minute mile and one is breaking the four-minute mile. One, in tennis, is winning the tourney but losing games or dropping a set along the way, to the other abolishing the field 6-0 6-0 in every match.

     This town has never seen golf scores like that from a local player—I need to acknowledge and celebrate the golf of Matt Meader, his score, his passion for the game, and his drive to get there—I think Davis Love III, Brad Faxon and Mark Calc all have 65s at the Valley Club. When they come back in town, I would say it is Matt who has earned the right to be in their foursome. I tip my hat to Matt, and I take a little longer glance his way to see if I can see “what is it in him” … then I take my clubs back out to the White Clouds and find the flame and fire that is in all of us.

Georgia Hutchinson


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