PGA Tour star Phil Mickelson has coined a new term in the past week or so -- "hearted it out" -- in referring to his tenacious victories in last weekend's Northern Trust Open and in the first two rounds of this week's Match Play Championship. But, if Phil really wants to see some heart, he should check out what superintendents in Colorado and Ohio are doing to support the families of colleagues in the much bigger game of life.
Three weeks from today, Friday, March 20, members of the Rocky Mountain GCSA are taking on members of the Lakewood (Colo.) police and fire departments in a benefit hockey game, "Skating for Myles," to help out six-year-old Myles Krick, who is suffering from brain cancer. Myles is the son of Mark and Sarah Krick and the older brother of Ben. Mark Krick is CGCS at The Homestead Golf Course in Lakewood and an 18-year GCSAA member.
Then, on Sunday, May 17, at Pike Run Golf Club in Ottawa, Ohio, members of the Northwest Ohio GCSA and other area superintendents will be out in force for a double shotgun benefit tournament for the family of Pike Run superintendent Gary Baughman. Gary's wife, Robin, is undergoing treatment for breast cancer that spread to her lungs and brain. Gary, a nine-year GCSAA member, and Robin have four children from ages 10 to 3.
Now that's what I call hearting it out.