There is no more demeaning organism on this planet that a golfer and their thoughts of themselves.

For some reason, when a person puts a golf club in their hands they can go from happy and positive to negative and condescending.

Could you imagine riding in a car where someone is driving engulfed in road rage and negative self talk? This is one of the unique qualities of golf and it’s ability to uncontrollably bring things out of people.

I’ve never met someone who wants to shank a shot or miss a putt. I have met numerous golfers who are great a forseeing the future.

The interesting thing is that it’s their choice whether it be good or bad. Avoid negative talk; it does you absolutely no good. If you can’t say it to someone else, don’t say it to yourself.

In golf you can only take care of the present. Things that have happened in the past or may in the future have no bearing on what you can take care of right now.

Ask a golfer a bland question like, “How was your game?” or “How was your putting?” I’d be surprised if someone told you something positive before something negative.

A golfer without something to complain about is as abundant as the jackalope. It may be hard to do, but always make a positive statement before a negative criticism.

Of course there’s something that you can do better, but by starting with positive thoughts and good fundamentals that you control you will be left with an ability to fix a problem.

Wednesday night winners

Congratulations to this week’s Wednesday Night eSign Scramble winners Brad Warner, Tim Paulsel, Jim Aspero and Chris Webster. Their scorecard playoff-winning score of 27 bested two other tying teams.

The team of James Sanders, Danny Turner and Mike Bairington also fired a 27, as did the team of Leroy Wilkinson, Odell Rachal, Dallas Williams and Hank Conaway.

Don Price took the prize for closest to the pin on No. 4, while Michael Macaluso was the “closest in two” winner on No. 1. Shane Smith had the longest drive in the No. 2 fairway.

Due to diminishing daylight, Sept. 20 will be the final scramble until the spring. Thank you to eSign and their continued sponsorship and support in making the Wednesday Night Scrambles successful.

Labor Day tourney

Mike Unger and Jerry Wiedman teamed up to win the 2006 Labor Day tournament at Raven Nest. In a unique scramble, shamble, alternate shot format, Unger and Wiedman shot a 62 last Monday to best Billy Parker and Ron Dittman by one stroke.

Terry Thibodeaux and Bill Hyman finished third with a score of 65.

Eric Watson and Robert Macaluso took the closest-to-the-pin prizes, Mike Hickey won the longest drive on No. 15 and Bruce Piggott and Troy Montague took the closest-to-the-pin-in-two prizes on No. 2.

Upcoming events

Mark your calendar for the Couples Social Event on Sept. 22. Your entry fee of $10 per couple includes warm-up range, nine holes of golf with cart and dinner. Remember this is a social event for fun! Start time is 6 p.m.

For more information on these and other great golfing events here at Raven Nest Golf Club log onto or call us at (936) 438-8588.

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