Junior Golf: No Pass No Play The End Game

imageIn this Friday Flop Shot we will look at the ultimate goal of no pass no play. This is where npnp ends up when it is maintained and pursued through junior high, high school and college. (photo offcoursegolf.com)

So Dad and Mom here S3’s story of how npnp impacted his college selection and ended up showing him the big picture as far as why npnp had been so important in his school life and would of course continue to be very important until after graduation. What S3 and we, too, had never realized is how npnp would come into play after graduating from college.

S3 pretty much liked TAMIU from his very 1st visit as did I. Mom also became a TAMIU fan during her 1st visit, my and S3’s 2nd visit. Everyone on the school staff was on the same page, putting students and a quality education 1st. This positive attitude permeated the campus and folks I can assure you that we did not get this feeling at very many college campuses. The business saying, “It all starts at the top”, is something I have certainly found to be true during my career and I told S3 and Linda that I believed this wonderful attitude had to start with the President of TAMIU, Dr. Ray Keck III. While we did not initially meet Dr. Keck, it was obvious he was tremendously admired and respected by faculty and students alike. I mean TAMIU is a great campus!

So S3 and Linda and I are at his freshman year athletic banquet in April of 2013 and the 1st speaker to be introduced is Dr. Keck. All he had to do was say “Hello” and you could feel what a really super guy he is. So here is a paraphrase of the 1st part of Dr. Keck’s speech: “Thank you very much. I promise to only speak for 3 minutes because tonight is about you ladies and men, our TAMIU athletes and your achievements during this past year. Do you know why I am so passionate about TAMIU athletics, why I love being here with you and why I want us to have winning teams? Every time I am interviewing new students and student-athletes and their families, somewhere in 1st 3 questions is “How are your sports teams doing?” And I want to be able to tell them we are doing great! The majority of you will go to work in the business world and will not be playing professional sports. So here’s something that likely will happen for you. When a prospective employer looks at your resume and sees that you were an NCAA Division II scholarship athlete with a college degree, your resume gets put in the short list at the top of the stack. They understand, at least many of them will, what it took for you to play college sports and get a degree!”image

There was more to Dr. Keck’s speech that night, but this is the relevant part of how grades and sports can work together for a goal. It confirmed why TAMIU is what it is, a great school with athletic programs that are loved and respected by the powers that be. It was also a good night for S3 as he was awarded “Men’s Golf Team Highest GPA and Men’s Golf Team Co-MVP” tied for lowest scoring average in tournament play during the year. (Dr. Keck photo TAMIU.edu)

Mom and Dad, job interviews, being on the short list of applicants, this is where npnp ends up. Your junior golfer can certainly do this all the way through college, but the time to develop the thought process is now.

See you on #1 tee looking very good for your job interview… Sam

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