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Golf Serves a Purpose Beyond Competition

June 24, 2015

Golf is viewed as a game that tests you mentally building character and provides competition at a very high level, but what some people may not realize is that golf is valuable for another reason–networking. While the other two reasons are obvious to golf veterans and those who follow the sport closely; networking and improving relations go unnoticed. Just ask former Minnesota Vikings and current Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Greg Jennings.

“It became one of the pastimes that I was able to network and spend a lot of time with guys, get to know them better, and even work on my own game,” Jennings emphasized. It is one of those sports where little equipment is necessary and it is not required to field a team in order to play the game. Golf can be relaxing and allows you to get to know your playing partners while having some fun competition. Although, Jennings pointed out “it is one of the games that is very competitive and it is almost like an inner competition because you don’t even have to compete with anyone else, you are competing with yourself.” It is a common notion within the sport to know that the easiest way to struggle is to beat yourself which is why golf is very mentally challenging.

Jennings enjoys playing golf leisurely in the off season and whenever he finds himself having extra time. It is a great way for him to get out and get to know others on a personal level, especially at events such as charities. He hosted his 8th Annual Golf Classic for charity this past Monday in Maple Grove which benefits the Greg Jennings Foundation educating Minnesota children each year.

Networking and getting to know your peers better is another excuse to use the game of golf to your advantage!

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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