March President’s Blog


President’s Blog March 2024

“Questions and Answers”

Brad

We have made it to the first of March and that sure feels good.  The weather has been wonderful lately and the winter has sure been a mild one so far.  Someone said it is going to be 60 degrees next Sunday.  That will definitely get the spring fever going.  Bring on the green grass.

The work at the course has been very productive all winter.  The new building finally got electricity, the plumbing and electrical should be all roughed in this week and the insulation company is coming next week.  The new garage doors are all installed, and they look amazing.  We have been thinning trees behind the 3rd green and the left side of the 16th fairway.  We will be hauling screened sand to the 6th hole today preparing for the renovation of the 6th green.  There is a lot happening at LKCC and I love it. 

The basketball season is winding down.  The Raiders girls and boys teams both made it to the tournament in Portland.  It has been many years since that happened and it was sure entertaining to watch both of them play.  The boys lost to a very strong Gray team but the girls beat Deering in the first round.  That was an amazing accomplishment considering that 3 years ago this team only won a couple games.  The experience and privilege of playing on the “big stage” is something these kids will carry with them the rest of their lives.  The school and the coaches should be very proud of that!

Sometimes it is hard to find the “positives” of getting older.  We all know about the aches and pains, the silver locks, the poor eyesight, and the deteriorating distance of the tee shot.  One thing I do like about getting old is being able to talk about all the great memories.  My wife’s uncle stopped me yesterday and said, “I got something for you.”  He reached through the window of the truck and handed me a program from the 1977 – 1978 State of Maine basketball tournament.  It had all the teams with photos that were in the tournament.  I turned to page 51 and there was the team photo of the FA Raiders.  My son was enthralled by the photo.  There was his father, listed as a 5’ 11” sophomore wearing the #24 with pride.  It brought back so many great memories.  It was a wonderful gift!  Thanks Bampy.

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about why things happen the way they do.  I think it is human nature to look for answers to why different things in life take place.  Sometimes we can find answers, but I feel like most of the time we don’t.  When someone in your family or community leaves this earth prematurely, everyone wants answers as to why it happened.  That is all they talk about but there are no answers.  No one ever knows exactly what someone else is thinking or what they might do at any given time.  Maybe this is God’s way of protecting us from the truth.  As Jack Nickelson told Tom Cruise in a heated court room argument in the movie; A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth.”   Life is rarely like the game show Jeopardy, where there is one findable answer for every question.  We are left with many questions, few answers, and much heartache but we push forward in search for a brighter day.

I will be sending out the spring mailing this month and that surely marks the start of another golf season.  Please contact me if your address has changed from last year. 

I saw a group of ‘LKCC ladies” at lunch yesterday.  They looked as beautiful and happy as I remembered them.  That made me feel good and also made me realize how lucky I am.  I can’t wait to unlock that front door at the clubhouse and see all of our members.  Love, health and peace to all.

Yours in Golf,

Brad