Michael Bembenick, a club pro at Meridian Hills Country Club, had one of those days on the golf course that we all dread. For most of us, however, those days happen with a few friends and not on a national stage on the Web.com Tour. Bembenick carded a 103 in the second round of the United Leasing Championship. That round was on the heels of the 89 he shot in the first round. He finished the event at 48 strokes over par.
Throughout all of his struggles in a second round that included two pars, six bogeys, six double bogeys, three triples and a quadruple bogey, Bembenick managed to keep an incredibly positive outlook. “I think it’s important to lead by example and show the youth that no matter how bad you play, it’s important to finish,” he told Golf Channel. “No one likes to see a quitter. I know none of the members at my club or any students that I teach would want to see me quit.”
My golf game is nowhere near being close to competing in any kind of professional event and I only wish that I could keep that kind of attitude after a day of struggles on the golf course. “It’s not much fun to shoot 103, but I still had fun,” Bembenick went on to say. “Everyone has their good days and their bad days; you just have to keep your head in it, just keep plugging away and trying to get better.”
For all of my fellow weekend hackers – I know it’s easier said than done, but we will all have a much more enjoyable time if we try to adopt Bembenick’s philosophy. After all, a bad day on the golf course is generally better than a good day doing a lot of other things.