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  1. First off this is my 5000 post here on MGS. Being part of this forum has been such an absolute blast! So many great members, friends really, and so much very helpful advice. I now know and have played with a handful of you and sure hope I get the chance to add many more of you to that list. So I've been saving this post/thread for this occasion. About 3 weeks ago, I played a round with a father and son (Luke) who was celebrating his 14th B-day. Neither played that well, and Luke was clearly a bit nervous. His Dad had decided that they would play a best ball format up to the green as he was concerned about slowing play. The course was pretty full, but not overly so and I encouraged them to take their time and not be too concerned about pace. Things were moving along well enough until the par 3 hole #4 where groups started stacking up. The group waiting on the tee gave the group on the green an earful about picking up pace. I looked ahead and did note the group on #5 had just finished teeing off - but no big gap. The group on the green also had a younger player that was not striking the ball well. The guy who gave them grief started going off about people coming out here that have no business playing courses like this. "Courses like this"? Dude, what? It's a nice public course, better than average perhaps but nothing crazy hard, excessively long, and arguably one whose layout is well suited for errant shots. I could immediately see Luke seize up. He didn't even want to hit from the tee fearing the group now waiting behind us was going to get upset. I walked back to them and said; we have a young new player here and might be a wee bit slow. Are you guys OK with that or would you like to play through. I also explained what the Dip$h** ahead of us just did and that the kid (celebrating his B-day btw) is now nervous as hell. They said no issue at all. You guys take your time and they all wished Luke a Happy B-day. They also rooted from behind and at subsequent tee boxes. Luke and Dad had a blast and at #18 his Dad thanked me for helping. Never forget our own beginnings and struggles with this game. A unintended outburst may very well change the course of a future player continuing with the game. I walked off to my car hoping Luke would.
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