Father's Day: How Dads Influence Our Passion for Golf
Jun 15, 2016Father's Day is coming up this weekend, and even if it didn't coincide with the final round of the U.S. Open each year, it would still be a day on which golf is celebrated as a catalyst for family bonds — especially between fathers, sons and daughters. But since our national championship comes to a head on that day, it's all the more special.
In 2003, Jim Furyk won his lone major championship, a U.S. Open at Olympia Fields near Chicago. His father, Mike, has been his only swing coach, making the triumph all the more special.
Fathers have been at the beginning of many of the greatest golf careers in history. Arnold Palmer's father, Deacon, was a club pro. Jack Nicklaus' father, a pharmacist, used golf as an escape and instilled his love for the sport in a young Jack before turning the care of his son's golf game over to teacher Jack Grout at Scioto Country Club. And for any golf lover, the relationship between Earl and Tiger Woods needs no introduction.
But professional golfers aren't the only ones whose passion for the game was instilled by their fathers. Many Golf Academy of America students claim a similar source for their own love for the game. We recently talked to a number of our students about how mentors like their fathers impacted their love of the game. In the video below, check out how parental support ultimately led some of our students to pursue a career in the golf industry with a degree from Golf Academy of America:
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