I never met a lawyer who went through his or her career with smooth sailing all the way. I certainly wasn’t one of those lawyers. I lost trials I thought I should have won. I lost my biggest client twice. When those losses occurred it was hard to pick myself up, put on my suit and go back to work.
There is a quote I have put in blog posts before.
It is really true, golf reveals character, especially when things don’t go as planned.
This past weekend, I watched three golf tournaments. One of them was the PGA Championship, the first major this year, won by Collin Morikawa in the first time he had played in the tournament. If you watched, you will always remember his shot on number 16. If you missed it, you can see it as part of this video.
The second tournament was the USGA Women’s Amateur. Seventeen-year old Rose Zhang and defending champion, Gabriela Ruffels were tied after 36 holes, but only after Zhang made an incredible third shot from the rough on the 36th hole. You can see it at the 28 minute mark on the YouTube video
They remained tied after 37 holes. Then, if you missed it I will let you see what happened. You can see it at the 32:35 minute mark on the YouTube video.
The third tournament was the LPGA Marathon-Classic. Lydia Ko led Danielle Kang by 5 strokes with only 6 holes to play. I didn’t know who to cheer for. Danielle is an American golfer and Lydia Ko, a New Zealander and once number 1 in the world had not won a tournament in 833 days. Lydia is a joy to watch on the golf course and a great role model for young girls learning the game.
Well, now Lydia hasn’t won in 835 days. Look at the video, Danielle Kang made challenging putts to cut the lead. But, Ko still had a one shot lead going into the par 5 18th hole, the final hole.
As Danielle Kang said at the end of the tournament “it’s not over until it is over.”
The headline of one article was: THE GRACE OF LYDIA KO TRANSCENDS DISAPPOINTMENT. It must have been so hard to show grace after the loss. Lydia Ko’s grace is something all of us need to show when our highest hopes are dashed in a defeat or loss.
If you care anything about golf, this is a weekend to remember. If you ever face defeat, you should also remember this weekend.