When I met Payne Stewart and his family at our hotel near The Old Course in St. Andrews in 1995, I had NO idea this meeting would become so pivotal for me.
I was 14yrs old when my dad took me to see The Open Championship. One evening during the week we went swimming in the hotel pool. I befriended 2 younger American kids and we started playing Marco Polo. My dad began talking with their mom who was watching attentively from a poolside lounge chair and quickly found out it was Payne’s family ☺️
Minutes later we met Payne as he came to greet his family after his round of golf. I could tell my dad was intrigued w this golfer bc he asked me to get out of the pool and meet him.
I was just a 14yr old kid shaking the hand of a doting dad at the time but I’ve replayed this memory SO many times throughout the years and I wasn’t sure why this meeting resonated so deeply w me.
Over the years I’d read Payne’s books, discovered his philosophies, adopted his mindset, and most recently, prioritized my life to give more than I receive.
I used to dwell on the question of why Payne would bother to chat up my dad and take an extra minute to shake hands w a soaken wet 8th grader but THAT was Payne.. he genuinely cared about other human beings.
I won’t win a US Open, or ever know what it’s like to sink the winning putt but I do know what genuine human compassion looks like bc I met Payne.
Miss ya man 😔
RIP Payne ❤️
It's not often that the PGA Tour takes a break and for our Tas-Tee Team it's an opportunity to hit the course and test our newest products. While we are in the developmental stages of introducing some new flavors to our customers as well as improving the golf tee performance.
We had the benefit of attending the annual HKS Golf Scramble this year for the first time and it proved to be a fantastic fit for Tas-Tee. We were able to hand out product samples and get immediate feedback from hundreds of golfers ranging from scratch handicappers to once a year golfers. We will be compiling the data and experiences from this event over the course of the next week or so and then we will implement the necessary improvements so we can assure our Tas-Tee customers the very best Tas-Tee experience.
As usual with company golf scrambles, there were several interesting twists to our classic game but by far our favorite was the "driving cannon". This air powered potato gun shoots the golf ball in a much more consistent trajectory and was well received by most of our team, lol. Check this out: