The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 2, 2014

Premier event

 “Golf has too much walking to be a good game, and just enough game to spoil a good walk.”

— Harry Leon Wilson, author

Just where and how golf began is up for debate, but the origins of its mysterious birth take us to the Middle Ages, with some folks dating the first round played with stick and ball and hole as far back as the 13th century.

What we know is the modern game has its roots in Scotland, and the industrious Scots rightfully assume their patrimony of the great game to sometime back in the 15th century.

Golf is a test of a man, or woman, against the course, one’s abilities against the vagaries of bunker, of water hazard, against the slope of the green and against the often diabolical design of the course architect.

But, as is so often the case when human endeavor is involved, golf is as much a test of one’s inner self as it is one’s physical skills.

Precision of hand and eye must be matched equally with a precision of discipline, a delicate dance between one’s body and mind, and one’s innermost emotions.

Boy, is it ever easy to get it wrong.

All this metaphysical chatter brings us, as you’ve probably figured out by now, to The Greenbrier Classic.

The Greenbrier Classic is West Virginia’s premier sporting event. It not only shows off one of the nation’s most spectacular golf venues, it allows us as West Virginians to show off as well, with a large television audience tuned in.

So we’d like to thank Greenbrier owner Jim Justice for his commitment to keeping the tournament world-class, and his enthusiasm for our state and its success.

And we’d like to thank all of the people across West Virginia and beyond who come together to make The Greenbrier Classic happen every year.

For our part, we plan to be out there on The Old White course this week, tagging along as we watch the PGA Tour’s best show us how to play the game properly.

You might even recognize us. We’ll be the ones enjoying a good walk.