Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 30, 2014

Golfers beware – I’m coming to the course!

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — FOURRRRRRRRR!

This is a warning to my fellow teammates and golfers who will be playing with me next week at the 27th annual Coaches Playday golf tournament at Kings Creek Golf Club.

It's not that I am not a fan of the game of golf, I am just letting you know I have no idea where my golf ball will land.

When I was asked to play in the tournament a year ago, I was not sure if I was decent enough to play, so I spent the day doing the next best thing.

It’s driving a golf cart along all 18 holes at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Canton.

Last year, my reasoning was I needed to be working for the paper, so I had to be the photographer. Yes, not the best excuse for not playing in a golf tournament.

This will be the first time that my clubs and shoes have seen the light of day in possibly a year or more, so there is no telling what will happen when I hit my first shot of the tournament.

This year, when I was asked to come out and play again, I told them I am not that great, but I think I will give it a shot.

I always find it amazing when I see high school golfers, or spend time watching the game on television, how easy some of them can hit their shots.

I then think I can do that same thing on a consistent basis, but my ball will not go as far, or it will hook or slice way off course.

I then go searching for the ball, but lose more golf balls than I could imagine.

I want to let my fellow golfers know that they will be thoroughly entertained by the way that I play the game. I know for a fact that my golf ball will not be the best ball in the scramble with my group.

I do know for a fact that if you need a good putter, I will be able to help out the team to the best of my ability.

With my competitive nature, I will attempt to be one of the top four putters in the event to advance to the finals. I hope I can live up to my word on that one, and not make a fool of myself in more ways than one.

Even though the golf event is the highlight of Coaches Playday, it is a great event for a group of 60 coaches and individuals to take part in a fun event away from work.

This is an event where the fun and fellowship brings all types of personalities out to the golf course.

For once, you will not have to worry about grilling a coach about a certain game, or asking about a signing for a student.

This is going to be an event I will be excited to participate in, just to see how the coaches and members respond to my game.

It will also give me an opportunity to learn more about the people that I will be playing with away from the stresses of a deadline.

I give a lot of credit to Benny Rogers for putting together such a great event every year. It is even more special to know that we at the Review are a sponsor of the event.

It should be a great event next week filled with fun, sun and lots of stories throughout the day.

Expect to see some interesting play from me next week but I will make sure to help my team out the best I can.

If nothing else, you may see a golf ball coming your way at least once in the 18 holes.

Joe Elerson is the sports writer for the Athens Review. He can be reached at sportseditor@athensreview.com.