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Final Putts For 2013

Like a lighting bolt it appeared on my computer screen this morning on a popular social media site.

“Life must be lived forwards, but can only be understood backwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard

To say the least, it’s been a long and busy year in golf.  It would be easy to focus on being worn out from the travel, the deadlines, the pressures of a constantly changing business, but there simply is no point in doing so.

I am left with no reason to complain for I am fortunate to make my living in a game I fell in love so long ago.

In fact, between the stresses and occasional setbacks, it has been a tremendous year on a personal level.  While I did not achieve every goal I set for myself, I take that not as a defeat, but as a target with a new timeline.  I suggest you do the same.

With the holiday season upon this will likely be the last post in this space before the end of the year.  You’ll note I have not written too frequently in this space in 2013.  There are many other outlets I am required to maintain so it that has been the result.  I’ll resolve to improve on that for next season.

Which brings me to what I really need to say. Yes, Flagstick has existed for seventeen years now and we believe that each year has been an improvement over the last.  Part of the reason this “off-season” has been so busy is not just because we produced a Winter Issue this year, but because the Flagstick staff has been hard at work laying the foundation for next year.

We will have a lot to share by the time the Ottawa-Gatineau Golf Expo comes around next March, and maybe even a nugget or two before then.  We think you’ll like it.  After all our mandate is not just to be in the golf business, to benefit from it, but to improve the game as a whole, in any way we can.  In the end we’re just golfers, so we share that responsibility with you.

So enjoy your holiday time with family and friends, think about how you can make golf better in 2o13, and thank you for listening to what we at Flagstick have to share.

Look back if you must, that is healthy in some ways, but do not wallow in what could have been; look ahead to where you want to go.

We’ll be happy to take that trip with you.

See you in the New Year.

S.M.