The Man Who Changed My Life

Ross Lennon
Professor Scott
9/28/12

The Man Who Changed My Life

Sometimes in life you have somebody that from the moment you meet them you know that they were put in your life for a purpose. Well for me it was my golf coach at Lexington Christian Academy Eric Geldhof. Eric is a short, stocky guy, about 5'7" 200 pounds who always would have a smile on his face that always seemed to have five o'clock shadow no matter what. But don't let his stature fool you, he is one of the strongest people I know. He would make sure to keep you in line if you were mouthing off or not trying. Geldhof had been my swing coach since I was ten years old and has been a close family friend ever since I ...

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July, blistering 95 degree heat and every golfer on the team was struggling including me. The first three days I was really worried that I wouldn't make the team, until coach said "Ross, I know you can play better than this. You also know I would never cut one of my teams vocal leaders." The pep talk he gave me took the pressure off that was weighing down on my shoulders so the next two days of tryouts I went out and shot 72 and 74. He came up to me after the last day of tryouts and said these words I will never forget: "Ross you've always been like a son to me and I want you to know that." To hear someone that means that much to you say something like that really makes you feel great.
Geldhof has meant so much to me throughout my life and the fact that he has been there for me through thick and thin really has showed what kind of man he was. He taught me very valuable life lessons such as the importance of perseverance and teamwork. You might think that golf is an individual ...

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he began to tell us about his father passing away earlier that day and everyone was shocked. His father was a man who was always at our team functions and always there to watch us play in tournaments. We called him Papaw because he was like a grandpa to all of us. So when we heard that news all of us just went completely silent. Coach then began to tell us stories about him and his dad and how his dad taught him how to golf. We then all got into a circle as a team and prayed over our coach and his family and tried to make him feel better about the situation. Times were rough then and it only got worse from there.
Right after our first tournament as a team me and a few of my ...

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