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To the editor:

Don’t let it happen! The Wednesday, Aug. 27, front-page headline “Youth golf outing in jeopardy” was like a kick in the stomach to me. Moms, dads, aunts, uncles and just good friends need to take to heart what the loss of the Little Brown Jug Junior Golf Classic can mean to the future Arnold Palmers and Tiger Woods in our community.

I realize kids are overloaded with alternatives to golf – soccer, tennis, cross country, etc. – but golf is for a lifetime. It cultivates dedication, honesty and fair play, just to mention a few of the qualities instilled into a golfer.

The aforementioned athletic events are important when you are in school but, upon graduation, those days are behind you. In golf, what lies ahead are important business meetings that can be consummated on the golf course. New and exciting social contacts. The opportunity to interact with people with whom you agree, and with people with whom you disagree. Golf is such a microcosm of life itself. Challenges. Successes. Failures.

And with failures, you learn that they are not a measure of your worth, but just the opportunity for a new beginning. I wish every young person the very best of luck. Let it begin with golf.

Chuck Smith


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