Sharing an Unforgettable Experience w/ the GolfWRX Community

dpb5031dpb5031 Members Posts: 5,023 ✭✭
So my 17 year old daughter Haley participated in the AJGA's Leadership Links program over the past year. The idea is to get junior golfers involved in philanthropy and giving back through the game. Haley was one of the top fund raisers in the country and set an all-time record for the most pledges through Leadership Links. In total between her 2016 birdie pledges and a charity golf event she chaired last October, she has raised over $52,000 (net) for her chosen charity, The First Tee of Greater Trenton (NJ).



As a reward for her accomplishments, Haley earned the opportunity to meet Jack & Barbara Nicklaus and to play golf with Rickie Fowler at the Bear's Club in Jupiter, FL. She had an awesome day and there are not enough superlatives to describe Rickie, Jack, Barbara, and all of the folks at the AJGA and The Bear's Club who made this possible. Last week was a huge week for her as she also signed her NCAA National Letter of Intent to attend and play for Elon University on a full athletic scholarship starting next year! While down there we also went paddle boarding in Jupiter inlet and got to play Sailfish Point, an exclusive Nicklaus design on Hutchinson Island. The entire week was absolutely spectacular!



I had my clubs in the trunk in case there was a no-show, but in the end was happy to be an inside-the-ropes spectator. Rickie really smokes it, and his short game is just sick. We got to spend quite a bit of time with Rickie and with Jack and I enjoyed speaking with them. They all played great and I expect Haley will remain on cloud nine for quite a while!. Hope you all enjoy the pics and I'll upload a few more plus a couple videos too at some point:

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  • Mulligan26Mulligan26 Members Posts: 1,251
    Once in a lifetime experience! Congratulations to you and your daughter OP. Just let her know, the hard work isnt over it has just begun. Seems as though she's got that covered. The pictures are wicked cool.
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  • Bomber_11Bomber_11 Enjoy the Chase. ClubWRX Posts: 3,527 ClubWRX
    Awesome memories! I bet she doesn't ever forget that experience.



    Plus she played it pretty cool w/ the "boy band" member of the PGA! image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • dpb5031dpb5031 Members Posts: 5,023 ✭✭
    edited Nov 15, 2016 #4
    Thanks guys! Rickie was just great...very fun and engaging, and by all appearances a very genuine nice guy. Jack and Barbara could not have been more gracious and generous with their time. It is so nice knowing that the greatest of all time is also just a down to earth super good dude! All very cool...



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  • dpb5031dpb5031 Members Posts: 5,023 ✭✭
    edited Nov 15, 2016 #5
    Rickie:

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  • dpb5031dpb5031 Members Posts: 5,023 ✭✭
    edited Nov 15, 2016 #6
    Haley 3/4 wedge approach shot:

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  • MedicMedic Members Posts: 9,417 ✭✭
    Awesome OP.



    Sincere thanks for sharing. She's got quite a future.



    My daughter is 27 now and is still "Daddy's little girl". They sure grow up fast, huh? And all we can hope is that they stay happy, healthy, and are successful at whatever they set their sights on. From the looks of things "bravo zulu" Dad. Job well done!
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  • dpb5031dpb5031 Members Posts: 5,023 ✭✭
    Another easy birdie for Rickie!

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  • dpb5031dpb5031 Members Posts: 5,023 ✭✭
    Medic wrote:


    Awesome OP.



    Sincere thanks for sharing. She's got quite a future.



    My daughter is 27 now and is still "Daddy's little girl". They sure grow up fast, huh? And all we can hope is that they stay happy, healthy, and are successful at whatever they set their sights on. From the looks of things "bravo zulu" Dad. Job well done!




    Thanks Medic! You are correct, it all goes by so quickly. Seems like just yesterday we were embarking on the Junior golf journey. I will be sad when it's over but plan to travel plenty to watch her play in college.
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  • Bomber_11Bomber_11 Enjoy the Chase. ClubWRX Posts: 3,527 ClubWRX
    Your daughter has a fantastic swing - most likely a bright future in golf!!
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  • Pure745Pure745 CPC #15 Members Posts: 11,485 ✭✭
    So awesome! Congrats to you and your daughter, well done! Rickie is a great guy, sounds like a very memorable experience!
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  • MattyO1984MattyO1984 Members Posts: 4,747 ClubWRX
    This is brilliant! Congratulations to Haley on her fundraiser effort and superb that the AJGA support youngsters in doing that. You must be proud beyond words.
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  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area.ClubWRX Posts: 24,219 ClubWRX
    What an awesome family you all are! For a daughter to be that special and have such a great accomplishment, she needed to have great role models which you clearly are.



    Thank you for sharing this, it's inspiring!
  • Sir HitalotSir Hitalot HitAlot Banned Posts: 215
    WOW!!



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    Amazing job!
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  • mackepamackepa #TheWRX Members Posts: 3,586 ✭✭
    Thats awesome! Congratulations to your daughter for raising so much money, she must have worked really hard! Everything i've ever heard about Rickie is that he's definitely one of the good guys. He genuinely cares about his fans and other people in general. He's always very gracious with his time.
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  • BillyZ2BillyZ2 Posts: 5,248
    Wow!!! What an awesome story, your daughter looks so happy and beautiful. That would be a dream come true for any avid golfer. The pictures are incredible and to be cherished for her entire life.

    CONGRATULATIONS!
  • dpb5031dpb5031 Members Posts: 5,023 ✭✭
    Yes sir, Rickie really "gets it!" Very refreshing to see a young man with all the spoils that go along with being a pro athlete and celebrity handle himself with such grace, humility, and good manners.



    FYI, Rickie told me that he played with Tiger earlier in the week at Medalist. He said Tiger is healthy and is getting his speed back.
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  • oldschoolrockeroldschoolrocker Members Posts: 5,094 ✭✭
    BZ!!! Thanks for sharing the experience.
  • lawsonmanlawsonman Members Posts: 5,165 ✭✭
    DavePelz4 wrote:


    What an awesome family you all are! For a daughter to be that special and have such a great accomplishment, she needed to have great role models which you clearly are.



    Thank you for sharing this, it's inspiring!




    This!! That had to be incredible.
    Welcome to where dumb opinions are better than no opinion. :)

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  • PuppetmasterPuppetmaster Members Posts: 14,933
    Congrats on her achievement(s) and the experience, definitely one for a lifetime.
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  • Roadking_6Roadking_6 Members Posts: 2,483 ✭✭
    Very awesome experience! Congrats to you and your daughter.
  • ExProGoingBackExProGoingBack Members Posts: 1,096
    Great job dad!! You must be proud!
  • dpb5031dpb5031 Members Posts: 5,023 ✭✭
    Bomber_11 wrote:


    Your daughter has a fantastic swing - most likely a bright future in golf!!




    Thanks...we're sure proud of her! In spite of not being what I call a "junior golf robot," (she played multiple sports up until this year), she's had some nice golfing accomplishments and has played in 2 USGA national championships, the US Girl's Junior and the US Women's Am. It will be interesting to see how she progresses when she's going at it full-bore in college next year.



    BTW, her swing coach is Geoff Jones, a.k.a. Slicefixer here on GolfWRX.



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  • L3ftyL3fty Posts: 220 ✭✭
    Thank you very much for sharing OP. I know you're a member at Old York and I work close to it.

    I might need to ask to meet up one day so we can talk about being a role model, golf and what approach(es) you took to have your daughter like golf.



    Best of luck to you and Haley!
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  • ChipDriverChipDriver Members Posts: 3,057 ✭✭
    Terrific - congrats to her. Glad you got to see her shine.
  • dpb5031dpb5031 Members Posts: 5,023 ✭✭
    L3fty wrote:


    Thank you very much for sharing OP. I know you're a member at Old York and I work close to it.

    I might need to ask to meet up one day so we can talk about being a role model, golf and what approach(es) you took to have your daughter like golf.



    Best of luck to you and Haley!




    Thanks, and I'd be happy to share, but I'll tell you ahead of time that every kid is different. Shoot me a PM at some point and we can connect on this.
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  • dpb5031dpb5031 Members Posts: 5,023 ✭✭
    For you car nuts, Rickie was rolling in a badazz Nissan GT-R. Looked to be some sort of special edition and sounded fierce! The kids were swarming all around it.
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  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area.ClubWRX Posts: 24,219 ClubWRX
    dpb5031 wrote:

    Bomber_11 wrote:


    Your daughter has a fantastic swing - most likely a bright future in golf!!




    Thanks...we're sure proud of her! In spite of not being what I call a "junior golf robot," (she played multiple sports up until this year), she's had some nice golfing accomplishments and has played in 2 USGA national championships, the US Girl's Junior and the US Women's Am. It will be interesting to see how she progresses when she's going at it full-bore in college next year.



    BTW, her swing coach is Geoff Jones, a.k.a. Slicefixer here on GolfWRX.




    Whoa...you're now going to get 100 messages about when his book is coming out.



    Um...when is his book coming out?
  • MarMill8412MarMill8412 Members Posts: 228 ✭✭
    Great story. It is great to hear that Rickie seems like such a good guy. I always root for him so this is just awesome. Congrats on the golf scholarship as well for your daughter.
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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Members Posts: 11,606 ✭✭
    Big congrats to your daughter and her hard work as a golfer and fundraiser, sounds like Haley gets "it"



    I really feel your pride as a father of two teenage girls myself, 18.5 and almost 17



    Now for the usual wrx nonsense:

    - your daughter and Rickie make a nice couple

    - your matching outfits are cute

    - course looks amazing

    - both swings are so solid
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  • Peanut191Peanut191 Members Posts: 1,862 ✭✭
    Congratulations and good luck to Haley!
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