Me (left) and Rich Hodge, a.k.a. EatGolf/EatPool
Today was a great day because I got to visit with an old friend who I met as a result of starting this golf blog. Back in 2004 I became friends with Rich Hodge, who mentored me in the worlds of golf blogging and PHP programming. Rich was one of the web’s first golf bloggers, having founded the site EatGolf.com. Eat Golf has been long gone, but Rich and I have stayed in touch over many years.
Rich happened to be in town, touring on his latest passion for pool. Rich’s latest cool gig is traveling the entire country and shooting pictures of EVERY pool hall.
Rich is a great example of what is the biggest and best benefit for me and my golf blog, the people I’ve met. Sure I get to try lots of golf gear, wear lots of golf apparel, and play many great golf courses. Those things do not suck at all. That said, the PEOPLE I’ve met and the friendships I’ve made around the world as a result of this golf blog are what mean the most to me.
The same applies to the golf course. I’ve established and nurtured many great friendships on the links. Those friends and interacting with them is far more important to me than the scores I shoot. Those friendships are what keep me coming back, even during times when the game has beaten me to the point of wanting to quit.
Cheers to all of you, my friends and associates who I’ve met as a result of this blog and as a result of playing this game. I stick around because of you.
Have a great weekend.
2014 Open Championship Commentary