Y Notes

Leave golf and sledding to the pros

  • This is going to be a stretch, but we are going to cover golfing, sledding, snowboarding and kayaking, so stick with me.
    The YMCA is hosting an indoor coed golf league beginning in February. It can be two guys, two gals, or a guy and a gal to make a two-person team. The cost is $50 per team (non-members can also play for an additional $25 fee). Registrations will be accepted until Jan. 31.
    For six weeks, the teams will be given an opponent and a computerized "course" on the indoor golf simulator. Teams will then schedule their playing time on Court Fore on the lower level of the YMCA. Teams will also need to bring their own clubs.
    I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the golf simulator has a bias...it is only set-up for right-handed players. Personally, this issue doesn’t affect me and I’m not even a leftie.
    A person glancing in my garage would think my family spends hours on the links because of the multiple golf bags leaning in the corner. In reality, golf only crosses my mind when I move one of the bags out of the way to reach for a lawn chair or a cooler.
    I can recall golfing on an actual golf course approximately twice in my lifetime. The first was on par-three course in Omaha. I have tried to convince myself that I breezed through each hole but more likely picked up the ball after the fifth or sixth stroke on each hole, eventually giving up after just a few holes. Patience is not my strong suit.
    The second time - and most recent as well as last time - was 22 years ago at Heritage Hills, where my future brother-in-law, Mark, decided to have a golf outing the morning of his wedding. Being the groom as well as a regular golfer, I’m sure he was the first one on and first one off the course that beautiful, sunny August day. On the other hand, I was in the final foursome. Details are sketchy but the outing included sunburns, cocktails mid-course and finishing just in time for the ceremony.
    Since then, my golfing has been limited to the many fine putt-putt golf courses across the country, with their cute, tiny windmills and moats brimming with fake blue water. I occasionally pop my head into Court Fore at the YMCA, but I know my limitations. So I encourage all those golfers out there to consider the indoor golf league this winter and I will leave the golfing to the pros or at least those who don’t have a thick layer of dust on their clubs.
    Even if I had considered joining the YMCA’s indoor golf league to improve my game, it is no longer an option this winter, thanks to a severe shoulder injury...or at least it feels that way.
    While I would like to come up with some heroic or adventurous story for the injury, it is from sledding. There I said it: I injured myself sledding with my kids.
    I forgot that I am not an infallible 17-year-old boy who can jump on a sled, fly over the edge and come to a stop uninjured. Instead, I jumped on the sled, flew over the edge, landed on my shoulder and swear I only came to a stop because of sheer will...or at least it felt that way.
    Now mind you that the day could have ended much worse. I originally wanted to take our kayaks sledding down “M” Hill south of McCook but was vetoed by more reasonable minds.
    And I didn’t partake of the snowboarding in the ditches of county roads behind a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. At some point, common sense kicked in...or the shoulder said no. Either way, I may have second thoughts the next time the snow falls and the kids want to go sledding. I’ll have to stick those activities I’m more comfortable doing such as swimming a mile or two in the ocean or biking down a hill at 52 mph and leave the sledding to the pros.
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  • 26-Jan-2018

This is going to be a stretch, but we are going to cover golfing, sledding, snowboarding and kayaking, so stick with me.
The YMCA is hosting an indoor coed golf league beginning in February. It can be two guys, two gals, or a guy and a gal to make a two-person team. The cost is $50 per team (non-members can also play for an additional $25 fee). Registrations will be accepted until Jan. 31.
For six weeks, the teams will be given an opponent and a computerized "course" on the indoor golf simulator. Teams will then schedule their playing time on Court Fore on the lower level of the YMCA. Teams will also need to bring their own clubs.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the golf simulator has a bias...it is only set-up for right-handed players. Personally, this issue doesn’t affect me and I’m not even a leftie.
A person glancing in my garage would think my family spends hours on the links because of the multiple golf bags leaning in the corner. In reality, golf only crosses my mind when I move one of the bags out of the way to reach for a lawn chair or a cooler.
I can recall golfing on an actual golf course approximately twice in my lifetime. The first was on par-three course in Omaha. I have tried to convince myself that I breezed through each hole but more likely picked up the ball after the fifth or sixth stroke on each hole, eventually giving up after just a few holes. Patience is not my strong suit.
The second time - and most recent as well as last time - was 22 years ago at Heritage Hills, where my future brother-in-law, Mark, decided to have a golf outing the morning of his wedding. Being the groom as well as a regular golfer, I’m sure he was the first one on and first one off the course that beautiful, sunny August day. On the other hand, I was in the final foursome. Details are sketchy but the outing included sunburns, cocktails mid-course and finishing just in time for the ceremony.
Since then, my golfing has been limited to the many fine putt-putt golf courses across the country, with their cute, tiny windmills and moats brimming with fake blue water. I occasionally pop my head into Court Fore at the YMCA, but I know my limitations. So I encourage all those golfers out there to consider the indoor golf league this winter and I will leave the golfing to the pros or at least those who don’t have a thick layer of dust on their clubs.
Even if I had considered joining the YMCA’s indoor golf league to improve my game, it is no longer an option this winter, thanks to a severe shoulder injury...or at least it feels that way.
While I would like to come up with some heroic or adventurous story for the injury, it is from sledding. There I said it: I injured myself sledding with my kids.
I forgot that I am not an infallible 17-year-old boy who can jump on a sled, fly over the edge and come to a stop uninjured. Instead, I jumped on the sled, flew over the edge, landed on my shoulder and swear I only came to a stop because of sheer will...or at least it felt that way.
Now mind you that the day could have ended much worse. I originally wanted to take our kayaks sledding down “M” Hill south of McCook but was vetoed by more reasonable minds.
And I didn’t partake of the snowboarding in the ditches of county roads behind a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. At some point, common sense kicked in...or the shoulder said no. Either way, I may have second thoughts the next time the snow falls and the kids want to go sledding. I’ll have to stick those activities I’m more comfortable doing such as swimming a mile or two in the ocean or biking down a hill at 52 mph and leave the sledding to the pros.
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