Parent Support of U.S. Kids Golf
I think Carl Ramey's column (The Pilot, "U.S. Kids Golf Teaches Wrong Lessons," Wednesday, Sept. 2) is totally out of touch. First, I worked the U.S. Kids Golf tournament, and all of these kids were very well behaved, polite and extremely overwhelmed to be playing a sport they love and to be in the Sandhills of North Carolina on some of the most famous courses in the world.
These kids work hard and enjoy what they are doing, and their parents are no different from any other parents whose child plays football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse or hockey. Is it wrong for a parent to encourage and support his or her child's talent? Where would Tiger Woods be today if his parents didn't encourage and support him? Not that these kids are the next Tiger Woods, but through these various sports, especially golf, these kids learn many lessons that they will drawn upon for their entire life.
Most of these young men and women will never become professional golfers, but they might love the game so much that they are good enough (because of all the competitions) to get a college scholarship. But I'm sure Ramey has no idea how much college costs today, either, or that the competition to get a scholarship is so intense for sports and for academics.
Ramey referenced Dad's raking sand and collapsing bags, etc. Well, if Dad is the caddy, I think raking sand and picking up a collapsed bag is what he is supposed to do, isn't it?
I think Ramey needs to rethink some of his statements.
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