Playing It As It Lies With The AACC

By Jacqui Pollard

October 14, 2011

Playing It As It Lies With The AACC

It's an overcast morning with a slight chill to the air. The dew on the grass is almost too pretty to disturb, and all around you as far as the eye can see is green. Beautiful green, flowing fairways surrounded by trees that are beginning to hint that autumn is here as their leaves start to change from their summery hue. It truly feels like fall has arrived on this last day of September.

That last day of September also marked the annual Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce golf outing. The aforementioned scene is what I met when I arrived at the Country Club of Ashland that Friday. Not being a golfer myself, I was anxious to follow the participants around the golf course as they drove, chipped, and putted their way through their golf scramble.

The morning began with a putting contest. Each observer watched with bated breath as the participants attempted to sink their putt. At the end of the contest, the golfers made their way to the line of golf carts and awaited the signal to take off on the shotgun start of the scramble. As soon as they were dismissed, all the golf carts took off in a frenzy to get to their assigned hole.

I enjoyed driving through the stunning golf course on my golf cart as I caught up with each team for a group photo throughout the day. It was beautiful, serene, and aside from the slight mist that came and went throughout the afternoon, it was the perfect fall day.

As each team finished their scramble, they made their way back to the front of the course and began meeting inside the tent pitched there. Everyone huddled under the heat lamps as they attempted to restore sensation to their cold hands and awaited the hot meal and award ceremony at the end of the outing. The day ended on a high note as everyone mingled together and recounted their day on the course.

To wrap up, I'd like to leave you with this Bobby Jones quote about golf and life.

"Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies."

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