Bet­ter writer, worker and golfer

The Covington News - - SPORTS - JACKIE SCHULZ Spe­cial to The Cov­ing­ton News

Be­ing an em­ployee on a golf course when you’ve never played a hole is kind of an ironic sit­u­a­tion. Cus­tomers look aghast when you say you’ve never played a hole in your life, and other peo­ple al­ways ask if you play since you’re work­ing on a GOLF course, af­ter all.

I came to The Oaks Course from Ten­nessee for a sum­mer job, my first job ever, and only in­tended to get the job ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore mov­ing on to my next big mile­stone, col­lege. Twice, my un­cle prac­ti­cally had to drag me up to the driv­ing range for lessons on hold­ing the club and the fun­da­men­tals of the swing.

Be­ing a for­mer ten­nis player, hold­ing a golf club and tak­ing a swing feels like try­ing to write with your non-dom­i­nant hand. In spite of this un­fa­mil­iar­ity, I was able to make con­tact with the ball more of­ten and was able to hit it farther each time I prac­ticed.

My im­prove­ment was hin­dered only by my self-con­scious­ness about be­ing one of few in­ex­pe­ri­enced golfers on the driv­ing range and the all too fre­quent “hole-in­golf-club” syn­drome I suf­fer from. If you’ve ever played ten­nis/bad­minton/rac­quet ball be­fore, you know what I’m talk­ing about.

Now that I have less than a week left, I’ve be­gun to re­al­ize that giv­ing golf a chance might not be such a bad idea. This past Mon­day, our res­i­dent PGA Pro­fes­sional, Lisa Vaught, took me out to the driv­ing range to an­a­lyze my swing and give me some much needed point­ers.

Within min­utes I was swing­ing bet­ter, and con­se­quently hit­ting bet­ter. It feels great to hear the smack of the club mak­ing con­tact with the ball and look­ing up to watch the tiny neon yel­low dot fly out onto the vi­brantly green driv­ing range.

Hope­fully, I’ll keep im­prov­ing with more prac­tice and will play a hole or two be­fore I de­part the course on Tues­day.

To all you in­ex­pe­ri­enced golfers out there, don’t let fear or in­tim­i­da­tion keep you from learn­ing the game like it did me! As we said in our last col­umn, “Golf is easy on the joints while still keep­ing the body in shape, and is a sport that can be played by any­one who can hold a golf club, no mat­ter if your age is sin­gle, dou­ble, or triple dig­its.” It is a sport you can play for a life­time.

Over­all, work­ing at The Oaks Course has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence. As the ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant and mar­ket­ing in­tern for the course, I’ve learned a lot about mar­ket­ing strate­gies, us­ing so­cial net­work­ing for mar­ket­ing pur­poses, and think­ing in creative ways to give our mar­ket­ing some ex­tra oomph. This job has al­lowed me to uti­lize the writ­ing skills I have ac­quired through­out my ed­u­ca­tion, in­ter­act with con­tacts, co-work­ers, and cus­tomers, and learn a lit­tle about play­ing golf, as I spoke of ear­lier. If you are a high school stu­dent in­ter­ested in get­ting good job ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore you go to col­lege, I highly en­cour­age you to visit The Oaks Course web­site at www.gol­foaks.com and fill out a job ap­pli­ca­tion.

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