At Wilshire CC yesterday, 20 SCGA Foundation G.A.M.E. Club members spent the day with 20 Wilshire members and engaged in a day of networking and mentoring.
SCGA Past President Kent Keller began the lunch program by greeting the members and reminding them of the importance of mentoring young golfers. He then introduced members Hank Wasiak and Anne Bartholetti who both took the opportunity to speak to the juniors about their careers and the importance of mentors in their own lives. Wasiak, who spoke to the juniors about Asset-Based Thinking, asked the mentees not to think about if the glass is half empty or half full, but instead to ask the question, “what is in my glass?” He provided the juniors each with a copy of his newest book, Change The Way You See Everything For Teens.
Bartholetti spoke about her perseverance and gratitude throughout her life, coming from a family in which she was one of 10 children, and went on to establish her own law firm. She spoke about one of her favorite quotes, “always do the best you can in everything you do."
The G.A.M.E. Club members also received a tour from Club Historian Doug Dickey, where they learned about the various clubhouses, terrains and renovations at Wilshire CC over the years while touring the entire facility including the workout facility, card rooms, and meeting rooms.
This was the Foundation’s first G.A.M.E. Club event at Wilshire CC. “We want to thank General Manager Randy St. John and his staff for hosting such a great day and being so welcoming to our juniors. Additionally, Wilshire members and Foundation advocates Richard Duffy and Kent Keller for organizing this educational and fun experience,” said Kevin Gigax, the Foundation’s Executive Director.
The mentors and juniors were paired in teams of two and played a Pinehurst format to conclude the day. Ezequiel Jauregui from the Tiger Woods Learning Center and his partner Mark Rice and Ryan Del Mundo from The First Tee of Los Angeles and his partner Jay Griffey tied for first with both groups scoring an impressive 64.
While the scores were low, the day was about much more than golf. Camaraderie and smiles were the themes apparent on the golf course. “I learned a lot today. My partner, Sally, taught me to have on the golf course when I wasn’t playing my best. It was the most fun I’ve ever had playing golf when I didn’t have my ‘A’ game,” said G.A.M.E. Club Founding Member Bakari Bolden.