It's Thanksgiving morning - sunny but cool in Minnesota. The Minnesota Vikings will be on TV in a bit and a wonderful turkey dinner awaits this afternoon.
It's a time to be grateful. For family, friends, and moments to remember.
Golf makes me grateful almost all of the time. ..I've looked back on things I've written and I can't help but smile over all of the experiences and memories golf has given me. Writing this blog today happens because some folks in Texas, who had a golf web site, invited me to write a weekly blog. I couldn't have been more grateful for the email from David at tees2greens, who said that there is a blog spot for me if I wanted one - I'm sure he had no idea what a gift he had given me.
Well, I'm cutting it a little closer to the end of the year than I thought I would to get my 2014 predictions out, but I'm here! I started this little tradition over at www.tees2greens.com and if you followed any of those, you know that my prediction record usually hovers between marginal and almost hilarous...until last year!!
When I looked back on my 2013 predictions in November, I discovered that I picked 2 of the 4 Major winners! (Justin Rose - US Open and Jason Dufner - PGA Championship) That alone vaulted me over any other year, but I had some decent other guesses, too. You can review all of my picks here. But now it's time to move on to 2014!
Almost a year ago I went out and bought a domain name to create my own blog site. The name Hope Joy Golf has stuck with me ever since I wrote a blog post with that title back in 2011 over at www.tees2greens.com. If you followed my golf blog posts you probably know that golf is not just a game to me. I believe the game of golf can bring us great joy, provide us inspiration, teach us patience, humility, and dedication, and be an example to how to live a character filled life.
I love that golf can bring people together or be a place of solace and withdrawal from the rest of the world. Golf can be a social outing a few times a year or the first place you go when you have some free time. Like a good friend, golf is always there for you.
I will always be grateful to Sam Johnson, David Muir, and my friends at Tees2Greens for giving me a home to write my blog since 2008. Things got busy in my world in 2012 and I've let my blog go mostly dormant since (but don't worry, I've got my 2013 predictions out there to review soon!) I've been inspired by several people lately and I realized that my heart needs a place to share my love of golf. And it's probably not a coincidence that my need to "talk golf" comes as my golf season here in Minnesota has come to a close. I'm already looking forward to next year!!
I'm also very excited to announce that some of my very favorite Fantasy Golf friends are going to join me in a weekly Fantasy Golf Pro's Picks, similar to what we did back when we competed over at Kerplookee. We'll get the ball rolling (Pun #1!) at the Tournament of Champions in January, but keep a look out for some previews as we get the formats together. You're going to love these guys: Drew, Chuck, Smitty, and Jeremy - and make no mistake about it, we're competitive, so you'll be sure to find some weekly entertainment as we keep track of our prediction successes. We'll also try to keep you informed of some good Fantasy Golf web sites and competitions.
And you know I can't resist talking a little bit about golf shopping! This gal loves a sale, so I'll do my best to let you know about where to find some great deals or what might be neat ideas for the golfers in your life.
Well, then there's Steve...and Matt...and Phil....and Adam...and Erik and so many more favorite golfers!! And yes, I'll weigh in on general golf news that may include other golfers besides my faves. Which reminds me, I'm still mourning the loss of Q-school! But there should be lots to talk about as we get into the season.
I plan to write here as much as I can and I hope you will stop by regularly and share your thoughts and ideas, too. Welcome to Hope Joy Golf!
I love golf and I love to write, so I can't think of anything better than having a happy place like this to write about golf to my heart's content. Thanks for joining me!