My Journey to Scratch

Posted: May 27, 2013 in Blog/Life
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I am now 28 years old and I have discovered that this is about the age when real regret for the paths you wish you would have taken or the dreams you wish you would have pursued  and did not in your early 20’s are starting to set in.  We might feel and think like we are still 18, but we are not.  The days and weeks feel much quicker now, the calendar pages feel like they are being turned more rapidly each year and nostalgia for the good old days occur more and more frequently.  When these feelings start, one must realize that you are not alone and that 99% of people will have these same feelings at some point, even the ones you think seemingly have it all.  What is it? It’s that feeling in your gut that says “I want more.”  It’s that will to improve yourself, grow and know you were meant for better.  Scared are some of that feeling, they begin to settle and get lazy, they end up doing the easy thing and in the end they’ll never know if they could have accomplished their dreams because they were too afraid of the work, dedication and time it would take.  It’s that fear of the unknown, the fear of failure or even success that hold us back from getting what we really want and accomplishing the dreams in our heart.  Fear of where that mysterious path to accomplishing dreams would take you, somewhere unfamiliar and out of your comfort zone.  I for one will not continue to be that person.  I want to go on that journey that comes with the pursuit of a personal dream.  I want to know that a plan, dedication, focused intensity, faith and hard work really do pay off and even if I fail in my goal, at least those principles will be ingrained in my psyche  and ultimately make me a better person. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” –Henry David Thoreau

For me, my dream is to be a scratch golfer, to be able to shoot under par on any given day at any given golf course and do it consistently.  This blog is going to be dedicated to that pursuit and if you are a fan of golf in any capacity, I encourage you to join me, stick around and follow my journey.  My journey is going to involve regular long hours of practice, patience and faith.  Anybody who has played golf before knows just how frustratingly difficult the game of golf can be.  It’s a game that takes constant practice and patience, but a game that is so rewarding when played well.  I have had this dream in the back of my mind for the past year and a half when I started to play golf again more frequently, but have not shown the true dedication and hours of practice that is needed to accomplish it.  I have improved however, started at about an unofficial 9-12 handicap a year and a half ago and am now down to an official 5.9, lowest of my life.  I believe that with consistent and correct practice, I can improve quickly.

To recap my goal for this blog is to plot my journey to becoming a scratch golfer, shooting my first under par round and getting my handicap down to a 0 or better.  When I first picked up a golf club at age 14, I dreamed of the day that I could sign a scorecard with a negative under par score, just like the professionals.  I believe that with the help of this blog keeping me motivated, lots of dedicated and focused practice that I can accomplish one of my goals of shooting an under par round of golf possibly by the end of 2013, if not than at least in 2014. **Update: First Under Par Round Accomplished 6/25/14, Read About it Here: A Dream Realized**   My journey to become a scratch golfer will hopefully take me out of my comfort zone and help me grow as a person.  It will take me from early morning rounds by myself to amateur golf tour events to who knows where if I actually accomplish it in the coming years.  The journey will be long, and no doubt frustrating at times, but fulfilling to know that in the end, many years from now, when I look back, I will have pursued a dream of mine and I will not have to regret another “what if” moment.  I will be posting scores and stats, practice sessions, round recaps, lesson videos and pictures.  So I ask you even if you’re not a golfer too, to please join me and follow along as I go on this journey toward my dream.   I also hope that it can inspire you to find that dream of your own you’d like to accomplish.  Create a plan and go for it and together we can help support and push each other to live the dreams in our heart!

  1. Ry says:

    Great blog. I love your reasons for pushing yourself to be the best you can be. I myself would like to be a scratch golfer one day. But my road is a lot lot lot longer than yours. Good luck to you.

    • Matt Tyson says:

      Thank you! Good luck to you on your road to scratch….just remember focused intensity, over time, multiplied by faith = unstoppable momentum!

      • Kola Adeosun says:

        Mate…… just happened to stumble upon this Blog……I myself I’m a golf fanatic never been much of a player really more a watcher and an admirer!!! I play off 10.8, so my goal is to shoot constant rounds in single figures above Par

        All I can really say is phenomenal and good luck for the rest of your journey…..I guess you will just have to see where it takes you when you do become a scratch player..

        All the best my man!!!

        • Matt Tyson says:

          Thanks Kola, I appreciate the kind words! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my blog so far, lots more to come, I hope you continue to check in during my journey and good luck with your game!

  2. mumonzan says:

    Hi, looks interesting. Maybe I’ll follow your blog.
    I have over 50 and live in Poland, where golf exist only for last 20 years. After playing golf on computer 🙂 I decided that I have to try it for myself. And I did, started to learn exactly 1 year ago and really having fun! My goal is much smaller then yours, just to have a handicap below 40 this year and in coming years to maybe go below 30 and be able to start in senior league. I’m also zen student for over 25 years, and I’m curious to apply my zen achivements in golf.

    Good luck on your dreampath!!

  3. blueR2Golf says:

    We have similar goals. I have the same passion for golf and a feeling of “wanting more”. I don’t ever want to say “what if”, thus I too am persuing the same goal of becoming a scratch golfer. Good luck with yours!


    • Matt Tyson says:

      Blue, I don’t have a twitter, but I’ll be following your progress as best I can. I hope to play in the Golf Channel Am Tour starting later this year for their 2014 season, how do you like it?

  4. Lefty2 says:

    Wow, great blog! I am can’t believe how eerily similar our stories are. I too started at age 14, currently a 9-12 hcp, have dreams/goals of being a scratch golfer, golf is my passion AND am also left handed! I would love to have the time and resources to practice, take lessons, and play golf every day in order to see how close to our shared goal I could get. So in the meantime I will live vicariously through you. Good luck & enjoy the process!

    • Matt Tyson says:

      Thank you Lefty! Sounds like we are very similar and thanks for the motivation and accountability for me to reach my goals. I hope that I can inspire you to one day go for it yourself!

  5. Don Larsen says:

    Hi Matt, Enjoying your blog and talking about Oaks North. Played that many times too. Played 9 holes in Amherst last week and got two pars, which is good for me. Had a couple of lessons which are paying off. Good luck!

    • Matt Tyson says:

      Hey Don, I’m glad you’re enjoying it, good to hear from you! Didn’t know you were playing some golf up there in New Hampshire, good luck, sounds like you’re already improving. Better get that practice in before the winter snow hits!

  6. Zeyi says:

    Hey Matt, followed the link you’ve posted on youtube, what a great blog! Honestly I have the same dream but unfortunately I’m already 26 and just started playing golf a year and half ago, and currently have an unofficial handicap of 25. I wish I could practice a bit more but my postgraduate study has been quite intense.
    I wish to practice full time after finishing the study and play golf for living one day but it seems unrealistic because I’m still in a beginner level and it will take years of practice to get myself up to your level and still not good enough to be a pro. Finding a proper engineering job to feed the family might be a better choice.
    It’s good to see someone about my age pursuing his dream. May be I’ll join you one day, who knows?
    Good luck and enjoy!

  7. Et says:

    Hi Matt. Ettienne here from sunny South Africa! I admire your dedication, and found your blog via thesandtrap. Man some people there have stink attitudes! You know who im talking about! Well let me tell you this blog is helping more people than they ever would imagine. Keep it up!

    • Matt Tyson says:

      Welcome and thank you Ettienne! I know exactly what you’re talking about and I really appreciate the kind words. People like you are what keeps me chasing my dreams!

  8. Linsey says:

    Hi Matt, thanks for following my blog. I’m so glad I came to read your blog, because you reminded me of another goal – to be able to hold my own in golf. I’m not going to become a scratch folder, especially considering I’ve only played a handful of times, but I’d like to become proficient enough where I feel like I could play 18 holes by myself without getting kicked off the course because I’m moving too slow (I currently prefer a scramble format). I’ll be adding it to my list. Good luck with your endeavors. I’ll be following along 🙂

  9. writingsprint says:

    Good luck, Matt, and thanks for following my blog! I have to say that you’ve picked the right sport, living in San Diego 🙂 . I spent eight years there myself, living in Pacific Beach, Mission Valley and Point Loma. My sport of choice was volleyball — I went from being a complete noob to a low “B court” player at the Pacific Beach rec center on Tuesday nights.

    My wife and cousin are trying to get me into golf. There’s a driving range near our house, so I may start going if the weather ever gets warm again.

    Best of luck to you!!!!

  10. momfawn says:

    I am not a golfer by any means, but at nearly 65 years old I know how it is to have a dream you passionately pursue. Thank you for following me at Triggershorse, an outgrowth of my lifelong love of writing. – Fawn

  11. Ben Fox says:

    Best of luck to you Matt. Develop a dependable short game and the scoring will follow. Thanks for liking my recent post at – I look forward to tracking your progress.

  12. parraja1 says:

    This post is great. I really, really liked your opening paragraph. I feel exactly teh way you do, and I hope to God you accomplish your dreams, but even if you do not, I think it will still be worth the effort. This post reminds me of Brene Brown’s work on vulnerability, and she has a book named, Daring Greatly. Her work is named from this Teddy Roosevelt quote that I LOVE:
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

  13. Unc D says:

    Great blog dude!

  14. Liked your thoughts & spirit

  15. Matt,

    You are to be admired for your efforts and accomplishments both with your web page, blog and yourf game. I started playing when I was twelve and had a very old set of “wooden shaft clubs”, fortiunately a friend of my had a brand new set of Spalding woods & irons, only probem they were left handed but at twelve years of age you are quite flexible. I p;layedd alot ofc baseball and basketball and hit and shot from both sides or hands. Eventually I became a scrtatch playefr right handed. Now, several years older my goal is to shoot my age. I enjoy your blog – – – keep up tbhe good jpob.

  16. Dearest Matt,

    I know that feeling of needing to reach my goals, I have not read all your post…yet, but I admire that you learned the lesson about having a goal and a dedicated love to that goal at the very young age of 28. Thank you for reading my blog and responding it really makes a connection with another person when you find out how similar you feel about a subject. If you have not made that under par game yet do not worry you have it in your heart to make that dream come true. I wish you much luck in all your endeavors and will be checking in to have a connection with you when you post your best score.

    J.L. Pitts
    “Scar Wars-Forged In Fright”
    Release date January 3, 2015

  17. Jazz says:

    Hi Matt
    I’m not a golfer but relate to your drive and wanting to constantly improve yourself, always wanting more and attempting to accomplish more than you know you’re capable of…
    thank you for liking my blog – it’s allowed me to find yours and in so doing, learning a little about drive…here’s to also learning about golf (being a hockey player in my past is apparently the antithesis of your passion  )

    • Jazz, It’s funny you mention hockey being the antithesis of golf, but I’ve actually heard many times that hockey players make the best golfers. The NHL has more scratch golfers than any other major sport athletes, so I’d say there is a very good chance you would take kindly to golf! The hockey swing and golf swing are similar in a lot of way. Anyway, thanks for the kind words and I hope you’ll come back often and check in!

  18. Patrice says:

    Chart your dream and make it real.

  19. Kyle says:

    Matthew Ryan,

    Thanks a ton for spending time with me yesterday and reminding me to check out the blog. Kind of crazy that I am feeling (and saying last night) the same sentiments and fears you talk about in your blog. Sounds like I’m ready to start back on the path and I thank you for your years of friendship and encouragement. I’m sorry I haven’t been around as much to watch and encourage your progress, but know that I am very proud of your journey and success. It’s amazing to see all of the people you have positively influenced (and their impact on you, too!). I only had a chance to scan some of the blog, but I promise I’ll be checking it out a lot more lately. Hopefully you can be as proud of me during my journey as I am of yours.

    Cheers bud,


  20. Ms. Vee says:

    Hi Matt, thanks for the visit, and the like. Best wishes!

  21. Melanie says:

    I love the Thoreau quote. One of my favorites! Good luck!

  22. Reblogged this on Neoteric College Girl and commented:
    Do whatever you want to do in life, no matter when it may be

  23. You’ve chosen well to pursue your dream than to be held by fear that keeps a lot people from ever knowing what might have happened if they did something to make it happen. As someone who has just started taking baby steps for my own dreams after many years, I too, know very well how much time, vigor and patience this will take before I get there, if I actually do. But just like you, I’m certain that journey is worth all of that. More than the reward, we will have become better people at the end of it. Stay focused! You’ll be a scratch golfer.

  24. tillybruce says:

    Love your blog. Keep up the hard work. It will be worth it:)

  25. annaj says:

    Hi Matt, I dropped in after you ‘liked’ my post.Thanks for the encouragement. Gleaning your blog was just what I needed after an afternoon of feeling a bit overwhelmed. I have recently left my job, rented my house, left my husband and moved to another city and now, being stationary again, the magnitude of change can be felt. So I’m just watching it. All is well. Your words in your journey are a reminder of the hard work and perseverance required to keep on keeping on, so thanks and may all your positive aspirations swiftly manifest! 🙂

    • Hey Anna! I’m glad I could help you out and give you some encouragement on a rough day. I know how hard it can be to get out of that static state, it can be frustrating at times, but i’d say make a commitment to yourself to take action on your dream. Then make a commitment to keep your commitment and know no matter how long it takes or how hard it gets that you’re going to make your dreams happen! I certainly hope you obtain all your goals and I’ll be following along, I hope we can help push each other to live our best life!

  26. Your dreams are great and inspire me. I Believe in the power of great dreams. Journeying together we will support each other. I am confident the world will hear about you. Keep flying; and you will perch on the tallest tree on the mountain top.

  27. Reblogged this on yoursuccessinspirer and commented:
    Everywhere around the world you have people whose eyes are set on the stars; and their dreams and how they hope to achieve them inspire you. I came across one. See what it does to you.

  28. wanderwolf says:

    I’m not a golfer, but your words of wisdom about accomplishing dreams and what it takes to do so would stick to any athlete (though I can’t even say I’m as good an athlete as you!).

  29. Our dreams may be different, but our journeys are remarkably the same. Join me, too, at Brenda

  30. ladypalpha says:

    Great accomplishment, and a breakthrough from your comfort zone. Dreams can be realized.

  31. sillynditzy says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I think it’s remarkable that you’ve found your passion and are working towards your dreams. It’s certainly inspiring! I’m only a few years younger than you, and yet I still don’t know what I want to do with my life and/or what I am passionate about. I hope one day I find something that makes me feel alive like you do! I wish you the best of luck with your endeavors 🙂

  32. zuzzoush says:

    Thank you for checking out my new blog! Very excited to follow yours too!! 🙂

  33. colibrist says:

    It is better late than never! I had a similar feeling last year when I became 30 and realized that my dream was to travel the world… so I thought a lot… and decided to ask for a sabbatical leave to travel for one year. The dreams are different but I think in the essence were are following similar paths… Good luck in your journey!

  34. stompi3 says:

    Hey Man. Hows its coming?

  35. Thompson says:

    This is great! I remember when I was 28… I think I was in the same place you are… Keep up the great work!

  36. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am not into golf but I enjoyed reading about your passion and your ambition. I know you will be a “scratch golfer”. Your determination will take you there!

  37. writenlive says:

    Great blog! Love the way you have set goals and are going all out to reach them.

  38. I blog frequently and I seriously thank you for your
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  39. Joy says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog – good luck with your goals!

  40. julie says:

    Remember, ‘ Belief Makes Things’…..if you truly believe you can do it, then you will 🙂

  41. Ron says:

    I just watched a science program which proved that visualizing yourself doing what you want to be better at, will result in much better outcomes. So, keep visualizing your approach to the ball, your grip, your swing, etc. and you should do great. Then again, you may already be doing visualization techniques. Good luck! 🙂

  42. motivationeliteincorporated says:

    Hi Matt, your blog is really inspirational. I love golf too but just for the scenery…it’s great whenever I get a hole in one too. Thanks again Matt.

  43. I love your story. Inspiring.

  44. Hi Matt. What an amazing blog! To be able to follow your passion is a blessing. Best of everything to you!

  45. rachaelxoxo says:

    hello, matt.

    thank you very much for dropping by my blog the few times you have done so and for liking a couple of my posts. i sincerely appreciate your interest in my story.

    as i’m sure you’ve now realized after reading some of my posts, like you, i too am on a journey–albeit a different sort of journey, but a journey, nonetheless.

    i love the passion you exude in your writing. your love of golf and your desire to do whatever it takes to follow your dreams is very encouraging. i am now following your blog, and i can’t wait to read more about your journey and about where your passions lead you.

    from time to time, i hope you’ll continue to follow me as i navigate my journey, too 🙂


    • Thank you Rachael! I enjoy your blog and love the fact that we are both on a journey to a better life, even if it is in different arenas. I’ll be following your progress as well and my hope is that we can use each others successes as motivation and drive to continue to go after our own goals and dreams, I hope we can push each other with that idea, GL! – Matt

  46. HopeSpirit says:

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for visiting my blog! My passion is not golf but is about finding one own’s passion and facing life with a positive, hopeful spirit, even when life isn’t at its easiest.
    At 28, I had the same eye-opening realizations and I always say it was my favorite year. Because it was the year I discovered what drove me and decided I wanted to dedicate my time and energy to excelling in my passion, both on professional and personal levels. Just 4 years later, my life changed dramatically when I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune condition that will impact my life for the rest of it. But, it could not extinguish my passion. I just had to chart a new course.
    Now, I, too, want to share my journey so that possibly I can help inspire one other person to look at their lives with gratitude (no matter the situation) and to find hope in hidden spaces. Sudden change doesn’t have to be bad.. it’s all what you make of it.
    I love your positive spirit and can see that you have already inspired others with your infectious energy! Keep living your dreams.. and sharing your journey with others!
    Namaste, Tamara

  47. kloxyfitness says:

    Whether you are a golfer or not, your story is one that can be understood by many.

    I think that if you have a passion and a drive to do something, it’s never too late. Some don’t discover it right away, and others have a feeling that they know what they want to do and turn the other way by choosing a more practical path. For myself I have so many things that I enjoy and am passionate about, my challenge lies in choosing only one and following it wholeheartedly!

    But if you discover you love something, and you don’t do something about it… It will nag at you like a hangnail until the day you die. So no matter what age… go for it!

    I have a client in his 60’s who told me he wanted to do a handstand as a boy but never mastered it… here he is 50 years later, and we are working on it!

    Never stop dreaming. Never stop doing! ;D

  48. SpaceshipClara says:

    Hi, Matt! 😀 I’m Clara, I believe you peeked into my blog earlier today (Thank you! :D) and so I peeked back – I have only read this post so far, but I see that you achieved your goal a few weeks ago – WELL DONE!!!! 😀 It gives me great hope and inspiration and I look forward to reading some of your journey up to that point. 😀 Hugs and sparkles to you 😀

  49. Hello Matt,
    Thanks for liking my blog. Best of luck with your scratch golf journey!

  50. Nice job on your update regarding your under par accomplishment! And good for you for pushing toward your dreams. Many people wait much longer and have those thoughts of days / weeks passing rapidly at a much more advanced age then 28. The fact that you are starting relatively early is a huge bonus! I look forward to following your journey. I’m horrible at golf so really admire anyone with the patience to consistently practice it 🙂

  51. drterrysegal says:

    I support you in your enchanted journey! Thank you for scratching your way over to The Enchanted Blog. Giving up is par for the course for many people, but not you, my friend! Can’t wait to celebrate your accomplishments with you! Celebrating who you are, already. Keep up the good play.

  52. Ron says:

    Good on ya! I am pulling for your success!

  53. Your mindset is refreshing! With an attitude such as yours, you will achieve anything you set your mind to. Can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog 😀

  54. Thanks for checking out the blog. Keep following your passions, the hardest roads make the best journeys.

  55. Sandra at Photobook Moments says:

    Thanks for coming by and liking my post! Wishing you all the best in the pursuit of your dreams! I will definitely follow your inspiring journey.

  56. “I want to know that a plan, dedication, focused intensity, faith and hard work really do pay off.”
    I really does pay off. Keep going and work for that goal!

  57. bhaoopvt says:

    Thanks for visiting us. All the best for your Golf career

  58. madeauxb says:

    I have never played golf nor do I understand the terminology however I am impressed with the determination and your sharing of a journey and quest.

  59. Valerie McDonald says:

    How wonderful that you have a clear dream! best wishes….

  60. Kristin Haynes says:

    Saw this on a “Likes” column of a blog I enjoy and follow. Prayers for your continued work towards your goal. You will WIN whether you attain it, or others in life. As long as you give it your best, and trust God(faith) for the rest! Keep it going – may your positivity be contageous!

  61. Shibu Mathews says:

    Hi Matt, nice to read about your great journey and may all your dreams regarding it succeed. 🙂

  62. José Jaime Juliá Lemos says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I am going going through your journey right now. Good Luck on It, Man! (:

  63. Wish you courage and more success as you scratch your way to the summit.

  64. One of my favorite Thoreau quotes. Thanks for stopping by.

  65. I’m so glad you popped by my blog, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have had the pleasure of reading yours, as I do not golf. I can fully relate to all that you are saying here though. I’m in my mid-forties and have tried and failed at many endeavours, but still have that inherent NEED to set goals to accomplish. You will be a great source of inspiration as I continue on. And by the way, at my age, life is like a roll of toilet paper…the closer you get to the end of the roll, the faster it goes. All the best. And congratulations on your first major milestone. Yay!

  66. daylerogers says:

    This is truly fascinating. My folks both golfed–I never took up the sport for a variety of reasons. But your passion and desire to really do your best is so laudable! I appreciate the follow–and I’ll return the favor because I really want to see how you choose to pursue your goal. Your dream.

  67. this awesome,keep it up,determination is all you need.

  68. mjd972014 says:

    Thank you for liking my post! I like what you have to say as well. Good luck in your journey. I know with your passion and determination you can accomplish anything.

  69. energywriter says:

    You have the knowledge, determination and the mindset to accomplish your goad. I wish you well and look forward to learning about your improvement.

    Just a quick note: Your comment of time passing more quickly: Just wait until you are in your 60s. December has arrived while you’re still looking forward to spring.

  70. Vonnie says:

    Thanks for stopping by

  71. Keep swinging those clubs. You’ll make it. You still have plenty of time!

  72. jduncangould says:

    Thanks for touching base, and I’m sorry for dissing golfers for wearing “pink Polo shirts” What was your observation on cliche? I believe you it’s the hardest sport, so many ways to kill yourself. Suppose there should be an element of fun in there, along with the focus of a cat! Stay well, I’ll watch your journey…

  73. yellowfluff says:

    Thank you for liking my post. I wish you all the best to your journey in golf.

  74. rahyuhnjeymz says:

    Maybe it’s a quarter life crisis we are going through. I’m pretty new to the world of blogging but I have come a crossed a lot of others in their mid to late 20’s that began to have an uncontrollable urge for change, whether it be from regret or just a need for something new and different. It’s nice to hear the stories and reasons for these “quarter life journeys” that we take, as they are all individual and unique but also share some explainable common element. Good luck with lowering your handicap, I can’t drive straight for the life of me!

  75. Great post Matt. It’s comforting to know that there are a lot of kindred spirits out there analyzing the paths they have chosen and the ones they didn’t. It’s never too late to set out in the direction of our dreams. Fear is the only inhibitor. Many of the ideas you gave voice to in this post were the inspiration for the blog I recently started:
    Keep pressing on, man!

  76. cheryden says:

    This made me smile. Since you read my post this evening, I know that you understand. Now at 60, reminiscing about being 28, setting my goals. Yours have firm, attainable objectives, that can be tracked and calculated, THAT was the flaw in my goals. Un-trackable in any real way. Determination of achievement comes from whether or not I believe I have achieved them. Unfortunately, I suffer from the delusion that perfection is attainable, (another thing I am working on). KNOWING and acknowledging that perfection is unattainable, and that my goals have been too fluid to monitor, I think your blog has helped me recognize I need better parameters on my new ones! =o) Thanks!

    • Thanks you! You’re right there is no such thing as “perfection”, but remember that’s ok! All you can do is give your best when working toward your dreams and enjoy the journey. It’s the process that gives life its meaning when you’re reaching for your goals, the results are just the bonus…it’s hard to remember sometimes. I love how you say that goals should be fluid, I love that, they really should be able to be adjusted and molded at anytime. Thanks for checking in, I wish you best of luck on reaching your goals and I hope you do come back and check in from time to time!

  77. Tony says:

    HI, Mat. Thanks for stopping by and liking a post. I commend you on your goal and efforts to attain it. I am sure you will get there. Remember what Yoda said, “Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.”

  78. I played varsity Golf in H.S. it’s a tough sport! My hat off to you bud for challenging yourself … I’m glad you reached your goal! Thanks for the like on my post!

  79. josartin says:

    I love your blog and the inspiration you exude. I’d love to contribute to your journey in my own small way: I want to give you and your blog-members free copies of my latest eBooks! There are two books: Project Life for Men & Project Life for Women – each presenting the reader with practical step-by-step guides to succeed in relationships, self-esteem, professional success and even financial freedom!

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    These books are written in simple language and have clear examples to explain each step of the plans. Success in love, life, work and finances is a certainty if you implement the plans in my book, into your life. With a blessed mind and a clear roadmap, everyone can have whatever they need in life!

    Please be so kind as to offer your blog members this free offer, and blessings on your journey!

    Jos Artin

  80. Tee ’em HIGH and let ’em FLY! Fly on brother and keep on keepin’ on and NO need to look back!

  81. Nice blog. I will be checking in on your progress!

  82. Thanks for visiting my blog! Had a quick look at yours and I like what I see…very inspiring and fabulous title! Wish you luck on your journey. PS- my goal is to break a 40 handicap (sad but true!)

  83. hafong says:

    Hi Matt, thanks for visiting my blog. My calendar pages are turning much faster than yours. Good luck with your goals. I love golfing but alas, I have no one to golf with. I am very, very, very amateurish. 🙂


  84. gailmanizak says:

    Hi Matt, may you fulfill your Dream, dreams are Important. You are inspiring many to follow their dreams, that is so wonderful, we all have dreams and they are a most important guide in our life. I pray you will also fulfill your Destiny, and once again inspire others to fulfill their destiny, no matter what your journey in life fulfill your life to the uttermost.

  85. annabeldoyle says:

    Hey there darling. So I have to admit I’ve never heard of Scratch Golfing but you’ve intrigued me! I’m even more intrigued about how you found my lyrics on my blog since we seem to be focused on two very different ends of the spectrum but, thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed my song “Kind of A Wonder” and I hope you find more to enjoy there. Hope your dream becomes your reality. I’ll definitely be checking back to see how things are going for you. Best Wishes, Annabel

  86. wordwile says:

    Hi Scratch,
    Good for you for getting started on your dream when you’re 28 and not waiting ‘ill you’re 38….
    Seriously, life can get in the way and it’s important to take control when you can.
    Good luck meeting your goals.

  87. mxphysio says:

    Great post. Finding your “why” and going for it. Really an inspiration. Keep on the path, friend.

  88. Dr. J says:

    Hey man, I appreciate the “like” you left on one of my recent posts at
    I salute you in all your great adventures. I grew up around Golf (although it has been years since I have played.) My Dad (who went to heaven in 2010) was a scratch golfer and a semi-pro. My brother won a 4 year Golf scholarship to college. He is still a great golfer. Anyway, I liked what you have to say and I pray that God will “give you this desire of your heart”. God Bless!


  89. psbariam says:

    First,thanks for the ‘like’ on my entry into ‘Blogworld’. Like you, I have a hard time leaving a passion when there’s still air to breathe. Kudos on your determination and on your sharing.

  90. […] My Journey to Scratch […]

  91. WndrfulDave says:

    I am also starting a journey to become a scratch golfer. I started around May of 2015. My first round ever! Dove right in with my wood drivers and wilson blades, circa 1970s. Unofficially a 36 handicap…

  92. Anna Hergert says:

    Wise words – looking forward to following your writing!

  93. I love your Blog and story!

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