Date Published: Monday, June 24, 2019    
Posted By: Foundation Team

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Hello, everyone! I hope this finds you all enjoying a nice summer and staying as cool as possible. Lots been going on here to catch you up on! Before I talk about my last 6 weeks or so, I do want to make one thing clear. The intent of these blogs is, in no way, intended to be about me bragging as to all the things I do. Sure, I am incredibly fortunate to have the opportunities I do have, but the main motivation is to encourage each and every one of you to go out and never take no for an answer. If you have goals and dreams, by all means, get after them. stay after them! There is no setback too big to sideline someone chasing a dream! If I can do it, so can you!

So, let's start back at the PGA Championship. This year, it was contested at Bethpage. Whew, NOT an easy course to walk! I followed Jason Day that week. On a side note, on my way to Bethpage, I somehow lost my wallet in the airport. As you might imagine, cancelling credit cards and get new ids, etc. was no fun. But, all is good now! Jason finished inside the top 25 at the PGA Championship, which was great. That is SUCH a hard golf course!

I was then at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Ft. Worth, where I followed Ryan Palmer - a Texas native. We had a great week, with him having tied for sixth. The best part of the week, though, was having a new friend out. Like me, Chad has cerebral palsy. Just a 11 years old, he came out and walked with us Friday and Saturday. It was his first golf tournament. He had never walked the distance of a golf course before....and, here he did it two days in a row. It was amazing! He got to meet Palmer, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth. On Saturday, I was able to get him into the CBS tower to meet Jim Nantz. That was really cool!

At the Memorial in Columbus, Ohio, I followed Justin Rose. He followed a 75 in the first round with a 63 Friday...not a bad comeback! He finished 13th. Justin is such a great guy. I got to have dinner with him Saturday night, which was so much fun. It's just really special to get to hang out with him away from the golf course.

From there, it was north to Canada for the RBC Canadian Open. Fittingly, I followed Canadian David Hearn. David didn't make the cut, but he was so appreciative of me following him. That meant a lot to me.

From there, I was off to Pebble Beach for the U.S. Open, where I followed Jason Day. That was extra special for me, because back in February, at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, I had a broken finger, which prevented me from adequately holding my cane. As a result, I wasn't able to walk the course. I was certainly discouraged, but never got down. I always abide by the "Onward and Upward" mentality....and so should each of you!

So, walking Pebble Beach four days in a row for the U.S. Open was certainly onward and upward! Jason finished 21st, which wasn't bad at all. On a funny note, on Thursday, Jason was paired with Rickie Fowler, another buddy of mine. On the very first tee before they teed off, I took a fall (not hurt!) right in front of them. We all laughed it off. Rickie shot 5-under that day, so I assured him my fall was good luck for him!

From the U.S. Open, I flew to Hartford for the Travelers Championship. Man, I love getting back to TPC River Highlands and that tournament. Andy Bessette is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Office for Travelers. What an amazing guy, he is. He has such an amazing passion for that event. He was really glad to see me, which certainly made me feel good.

I followed Morgan Hoffmann early in the week, but he missed the cut. Being with Morgan is special, because he is still coming back from muscular dystrophy. Even though he missed the cut, he is absolutely playing better.

This week, I'm off to a new event on the PGA TOUR calendar, the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. I'm excited to be following Colt Knost. He may play good or he may not. One thing I DO know for sure is that, either way, we will be laughing a lot!

I hope there is a lot of laughter and love in the lives of you all this summer and always. Keep putting a foot forward. You will get there. Discouragement is nothing more than an option. Choose against it. Be strong and, well, keep on walking! I hope to see you on the road somewhere soon!

All my best for a great summer,


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