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HOT DAYS, NICE SUMMER NIGHTS AND LONG WALKS. WHO WANTS IN?

Date Published: Monday, May 29, 2017    
Posted By: Foundation Team

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Hello, everyone! Thank you for checking in. With June just a few days away, I wanted to catch everyone up on what's been happening. First, a quick recap of the past month of events on the PGA TOUR. At the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina, I had the pleasure of walking with North Carolina's own Harold Varner III. While he was a blast to be with and a really good guy, it just wasn't his week. Harold missed the cut. At THE PLAYERS Championship a week later, I was with Ben Martin, another fantastic guy. He finished T30 at TPC Sawgrass. At the AT&T Byron Nelson two weeks ago, I was with Danny Lee for the second straight year at TPC Four Seasons Resort. And, for the second straight year, Lee finished inside the top 10 in the tournament. This year, he finished T5. Last week at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational at Colonial Country Club, I was with Texas native Ryan Palmer. While he made the cut, it wasn't his best week. Regardless, he's a fantastic guy, who I both appreciate and enjoy.

In the midst of all that, I am excited to tell you about a side journey to lazar Middle School in New Jersey. Every two years, the school features a "Living Lessons" program, where they bring in guest speakers from all walks of life. In some shape or form, each speaker has overcome some hardship or obstacle in life. There are survivors from the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11 survivors, bullying survivors and even Holocaust survivors. I was tremendously honored to have been invited back for a fifth-straight time. I spoke about setting goals. I am of the belief that the only chance for a light at the end of a tunnel is to build a tunnel, or a goal. Goals are what move us, literally and emotionally. There WILL be bumps along the way, but how you react and respond to them is the difference between success and failure. For instance, I KNOW I am going to fall at times when I'm walking all these courses. Nine times out of 10, I laugh about it. One thing I DON'T do, however, is get discouraged. I WILL get up and I WILL keep moving. It's not entirely different than doing poorly on a test you felt you were prepared for. Rather than getting discouraged, get fired up! Find different ways to prepare next time. Use alternate methods to study and understand. It's the same with walking for me. I've learned to walk different ways in different situations to minimize the likeliness of falling. Everything in life is learning. I know you've heard this a million times, but here it comes once more; the moment you stop trying to learn, you stop trying to live.

I was so proud to be invited to speak again at Lazar Middle School. One of the things I explained to them is the same thing I explain to everyone; I do not want anyone feeling sorry for me. I certainly do not feel sorry for myself, so why in the world should anyone else? Keep moving. Keep going. Keep growing, living and learning. Everything you desire is out there for you. We may not all slide elegantly into every home plate, but we will get there. Don't give up. When you give up, you let not only yourself down, but those who believe in you, too. You could absolutely make the difference in someone's life who is looking for a little inspiration. We do that for each other all the time, often without ever even realizing we're making a difference. So, go for yours and perhaps you'll be a pivotal factor in others finding theirs!

Have a great summer everyone. As always, I look forward to seeing you down the road!

Sincerely,
DJ

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