Family Circles

Building Values, Changing Lives – With Golf
You are here:

Family Circles – a broader group of friends and relatives – is referred to as the “Village”. A common – and on-point – old saying it takes a village to raise a great kid.

No truer words explain the lasting impact of the Village in building YOUR foundation – your inner strength, your character, your values, and your confidence.  The “Inner You”. Who YOU are – inside – as a kid and as an adult during life’s path. Core values like honesty, integrity, respect, courtesy, and sportsmanship.

Family “Villages” directly and lastingly impact the lives of EVERY person. The teachings of parents, close friends, trusted long-term lasting relationships, and the influencers in your life are CRITICAL in shaping the “inner you”.

Some family circle credits for use in strengthening the “Inner You”:

Tom Lehman

Tom credits his Dad, Mom, and close family members with instilling deep values early in life and supporting him with a positive belief in him. This was especially important while going through early career struggles to breakthrough playing golf at the highest level …. Tom’s burning dream as a young kid. Tom did it because he “believed”.

Arnold Palmer

Arnold talked about how his Dad (who taught him to play golf) drilled core values into him as a young kid, watched his behavior like a hawk to ensure Arnie was doing the right things. Arnie said his Dad showed him the proper golf grip for a club, made Arnie use only the Dad taught grip, and told him repeatedly never to change it.

His Dad, Mom, and extended circle (Village) of friends taught Arnie about the lasting value of trusted, long-term relationships – one of the keys to his global successes.

John Lyberger

A young man born into a poor, simple rural family in “nowhere” Pennsylvania (as John called it) with little future. John reports he had lots of family love, was taught a strong work ethic with an uncompromising values system taught by his dedicated parents. John was told – time & time again – to “become someone” when you grow up.  Strong values and steel strength character were the core of his early lessons.

John worked hard and consistently displayed the core values as his parent’s taught. Results: John’s career included working at top athletic leadership roles in renowned Congressional Country Club (20 years), the prestigious Ocean Reef Club (3 years), and the exclusive Desert Mountain Club (presently).

John says his Mom & Dad set his strong values system, taught him skills at building trusted, long-lasting relationships, and respect for others – allowing John to achieve an amazing career.  The power of intangibles – values, character, and trusted relationships.

Jordan Spieth

Jordan tells often about his Dad and Mom being fully dedicated and teaching him throughout early life strong values and character traits – how to build trusted relationships, and respect for others. Jordan’s inner strength shines brightly every day thanks to his Mom and Dad says Jordan.

Ted Schulz

Always dreamed of being a PGA Tour player. Ted said “he would do anything” to be able to play golf, practice, and get better and better. AND, his parents always told him it will take dedicated long-hours, working harder, harder & harder – on his game.  Ted said he was relentless in his desire, work ethic, and belief in himself.

Ted said he worked at a driving range, lived out of his car, ate at McDonald’s, drove his car to mini-tournaments, and completed at Monday morning qualifyings – just trying to breakthrough. In 1984 Ted earned his full-time PGA Tour playing privileges.

Ted said “Never Give Up” was his personal inner strength. Follow your dreams always!

Brian Davis

Turned professional in 1994 playing on the European and PGA Tour with 2 wins in his career. A historic display of honesty, integrity & sportsmanship happened in April 2010 at the first playoff hole (with Jim Furyk) in the Verizon Heritage.  Brian called a two-stroke penalty on himself while in the left green-side bunker reporting the ball moved while removing some debris from near the ball. Thus, a two-shot penalty.

Importantly, NO ONE could have seen the ball move given his location next to the Calibogue Sound water with no TV coverage angles, no fans nearby, no officials watching – only the fish in the water behind him – could have possibly seen the ball move. Potentially, a clear opportunity to cheat.

Brian – who could have possibly won his first PGA event – called the penalty on himself, and handed the victory to Jim Furyk who made par. A historic display of values and character. Brian said later about his decision to call the penalty on himself that he could never be able to live with himself if he cheated. Brian said his Mom and Dad and his Village taught him well.  Brian has earned more than $10 million on the PGA Tour while never winning.  Success economically, and priceless lasting, always remembered display of big, strong values and “who Brian is” inside. Brian said he is thankful every day to his parents for his upbringing of strong personal values and character.