I posted this picture on Twitter the other day. Not because of where the cart is parked, not because the gentleman is hitting outside the marker and not because he’s teeing up multiple balls. Pictured is Morris Miller and he’s 91 years old. He plays 9 holes of golf Monday through Friday (that’s right 5 days a week!!!). He rarely complains (our goose dog Bitsy bit him about 7 years ago which was the only time I’ve seen upset), always pays his dues and up until a few years ago he walked those 9 holes. He is in my estimation, the perfect golf course member.
While I don’t always get to engage Mr. Miller in conversation. On Tuesday I chatted with him shortly and took a few things home from that conversation and had a couple of chuckles as well. Mr. Miller has played the game since the 40’s, not for 40 years but the 1940’s!! He likes playing Midlands and his favorite holes consequently enough are the ones he’s had hole-in-one’s on.
So what makes Morris Miller a good member to me? He represents the true essence of what this game, or any game for that matter, is all about. He doesn’t keep score, he plays to keep himself moving and most of all he likes the people here. In a world that has parents pushing their children towards an almost unattainable goal of the life and riches of pro sports. Perhaps we can all take something from the 91 year man who still enjoys the game, likes the exercise it provides and relationships it produces.
I have been reminded regularly that even though you’re cemented in a career the continuous learning never stops. I was reminded of this again this week with what amounted to a 15 minute conversation. While many of us would love to enjoy a healthy life of 91 years, Morris Miller is living proof that golf and exercise are one way of getting there. Mr. Miller is a total class act. We could all take a little something from him.