I grew up playing golf in Zimbabwe; it was such an awesome time of my life because I was surrounded by young golfers who wanted to make the most of being outside and having fun. I remember countless days; playing 36 holes, getting changed for prize giving super fast only to go out afterwards and make the most of the daylight on the putting green. Playing games against other kids for a bottle of coke or a few dollars until our parents dragged us home as the sun set on another day in Africa.
It was a time where dreams were played out in our heads, the putt for a coke was equal to a putt to win the Masters and put on the Green Jacket. Time changes things for most people, but for one person I know time hasn’t slowed his passion and excitement for the game.
Ryan Cairns, a Zimbabwean golfer, has just been invited to play in the Australian PGA Championship in December; which means he will be rubbing shoulders with some of the best players in the world! I played junior golf with Ryan and whilst there was always good course banter he was humble and friendly. He has carried that over into his professional career, and continues to post clips and stories on his Facebook page keeping the many people he knows informed of his journey, and in my case inspired!
Ryan has had his set backs and suffered an injured hand towards the beginning of the year, he has only just gotten his game back on track but has never lost hope in himself. I’m sure that he has had some dark days and the reason I found it pertinent to share his story with you is because he has never stopped putting the time in and working away at his goals. With support from his friends, family he has every chance to make 2016 the best season of his professional life, and I wish him the best. I hope you do too.
I’ll leave you with a snapshot of his post the other day, I hope it helps to motivate you this fine Monday to reach for your dreams! Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
“Before earning a tour card in 2007, I worked as a bag-room attendant for two years at a golf course which hosted the Australian PGA Championship every year. My days were spent cleaning player’s shoes, clubs and picking up range balls… I watched the players hitting shots over my head as I drove around collecting balls, imagining myself as one of them.
Today I received an email confirming that I'm going to be a player in the field of that same tournament…. There are many stories like this in the world of professional golf and this is by no means being written as a fairytale. I'm a journeyman pro, writing this in the hope that it reaches somebody who needs to know that it's okay to go through rough patches, as they will pass… So shake off the bad days, smile and keep showing up, as you never know which day this game is going to smile back at you.”
Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.