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Morale Courage - The Engine of Integrity
Mignon McLaughlin tells us, “People are made of flesh and blood and a miracle fiber called courage.”
Courage comes in two forms: physical courage and moral courage. Physical courage is demonstrated by acts of bravery where personal harm is risked to protect others or preserve cherished principles. It’s the kind of courage that wins medals and monuments. Moral courage may seem less grand but it is more important because it’s needed more often.
Moral courage is the engine of integrity. It is our inner voice that coaxes, prods, and inspires us to meet our responsibilities and live up to our principles when doing so may cost us dearly.
It takes moral courage to be honest at the risk of ridicule, rejection, or retaliation, or when doing so may jeopardize our income or career. It takes courage to own up to our mistakes when doing so may get us in trouble or thwart our ambitions. It even takes courage to stand tough with our kids when doing so may cost us their affection.
Like a personal coach, moral courage pushes and prods us to be our best selves. It urges us to get up when we’d rather stay in bed, go to work when we’d rather go fishing, tell the truth when a lie would make our life so much easier, keep a costly promise and put the interest of others above our own.
The voice of moral courage is also our critical companion during troubling times; it provides us with the strength to cope with and overcome adversity and persevere when we want to quit or just rest.
At unexpected and unwelcome times, we all will be forced to deal with the loss of loved ones, personal illnesses and injuries, betrayed friendships, and personal failures. These are the trials and tribulations of a normal life, but, without moral courage, they can rob us of the will and confidence to find new roads to happiness and fulfillment.
Moral courage is essential not only for a virtuous life, but a happy one. Without courage, our fears and failures confine us like a barbed wire fence.
The voice of moral courage is always there, but sometimes it is drowned out by the drumbeat of our fears and doubts. We need to learn to listen for the voice. The more we call on it and listen to it and trust it, the stronger it becomes.
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.
© 2011. Reprinted with permission from Michael Josephson’s Commentary
"It's not important that you are playing your best when deciding whether or not to enter a tournament, rather it's the experience that helps you to learn how and what you need to improve so that you can understand what it takes to play your best. Your coach can help you learn many shots, but they can't teach experience."
- Mark Wipf, PGA Professional
Ventura County's Junior Golf Tour Established 1967
VCJGA membership is a great value -
If you play in three (3) tournaments, your membership pays for itself (Excluding the MiniTour). The Summer Tournament Schedule is nearly finalized. We will continue to have our affiliation with the AJGA & SCPGA. The TaylorMade Players Championship will be played at the beautiful Monarch Dunes in May.
The TayThe TaylorMade Tour Championship will be played at the Hanse redesigned Soule Park in August. One new tournament this season will be played on the challenging TPC Valencia on July 1 & 2. The VCJGA is committed to quality, affordable touranaments while giving junior golfer's the complete experience needed to be successful on their high school golf team and be competitive at state and national levels. SEE YOU ON THE LINKS!
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Soccer Coach Elects to Not Run Up Score
Brian Ronan, a girl’s high school soccer coach at Mountain View High School in Arizona decided to teach his team a lesson about sportsmanship, rather than run up the score on an opponent. As a result, the team was eliminated in the tournament they were playing.
Ronan’s team needed to score a blow out victory in order to advance to the semifinal round of the tournament, because tie-breaking records are decided by goal differential. After jumping out to a quick 6-0 lead, he instructed his team not to shoot on goal for the rest of the game. Ronan told AIA365.com, “I felt this was a coaching moment. A chance to teach a life lesson. I told them how we were going to approach it. I think we left feeling like we represented our school, and we’re proud of how we did it.”
As it turned out, Mountain View would’ve needed to win the game by a score of 16-0 to advance. They could’ve done it, but they also would have demoralized their opponent. It raises an interesting ethical question about playing to win and at what point should a team ease up when the score gets out of hand, especially at the youth level. A cynic could argue that by not playing all out, you’re also not properly respecting your opponent.
They may have been eliminated from the tournament, but the Sportsmanship Blog salutes coach Ronan for teaching his team about humility and winning with class. Those are lessons that will carry them farther in life than a 16-0 win.
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MiniTour Vineyard Open
Saturday, May 4th
River Ridge Golf Club - Victoria Lakes
MiniTour Soule Park Open
Saturday, June 8th
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When our son was ready to begin his junior golf career, the VCJGA was the obvious choice. We were looking for several important factors for his golf experience:
Professional, high quality tournaments operated by a PGA Professional
Tournaments governed by the USGA Rules of Golf
A year-round tournament schedule with national ranking points
The year-round tournaments are consistently operated by a seasoned PGA Professional with the highest standards; following the USGA Rules of Golf.
Some of the things that I did not expect from the VCJGA was:
Affordable and meaningful tournaments
Positive environment that builds sportsmanship, honor and integrity
Some overnight out-of-town tournament experiences
Camaraderie and fun
We feel strongly that the VCJGA has prepared our son well for state and national tournaments as he has earned SCPGA Toyota Tour Cup and AJGA Exemptions through the VCJGA. The VCJGA has been, and continues to be, instrumental in his success by providing a complete tournament experience that keeps him sharp as he moves forward.
Gary and Shelly Crocker parents of Sean Crocker
Ventura County Star Sports
QUOTE of the WEEK:
"I've failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed."
— Michael Jordan
CIF Rules and Regulations state that California High School students may NOT wear any article of clothing (shirts, pants, hats, shoes, gloves, turtlenecks, rain gear, wind shirts, etc.) or may not use any equipment (bags, tees, balls, etc.) that displays their high school’s name or logo imprinted, embroidered, or stamped at a VCJGA Tournament, event or program during their high school golf season.
FALL - GIRLS GOLF SEASON: August 10th through post season competition (December 1st).
SPRING - BOYS GOLF SEASON: February 1st through post season competition (June 10th).
If a player is not participating in CIF post season play at the end of their golf season, said player may resume using their school bag, equipment and wear school logo clothing etc. at any VCJGA Tournaments.
It is important to change out your school golf bag to a non-school bag before you play in ANY outside school tournament during your high school golf season.
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The Player is responsible for knowing the Rules. During a stipulated round, for any breach of a rule, the player incurs the applicable penalty.
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