Long shadows are cast across the grass at the SaraBay Country Club as high school golfers warm up in the early morning light during the recent 17th Annual Donald Ross Invitational. On this brisk fall day teams of golfers from area high schools gathered to hit a small white ball across pristine fairways and roughs, to hopefully watch it disappear in a small hole on a neatly manicured green maintained by obsessive groundskeepers.
In golf, unlike other sports, the better a player is, the less they actually play. Some may get trapped in the sand or bogie when they hoped to putt a par, and are always dreaming of that hole-in-one. There is no license needed to drive and hunting is allowed for you can shoot a birdie and it is even legal to shoot an eagle. Aside from the nuts and bolts of the game, there are very few sports so blended into nature and the environment as
golf. Scenic walks pass towering trees and reflective lakes, fresh air and rolling vistas, encounters with various wildlife and weather conditions all make for a relaxing day. The game is also a virtual portable classroom where one learns patience, coordination, sportsmanship and sometimes colorful language.