A Lesson Learned from My Recent Golf Outing

October 26, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

This past weekend, I travelled down to Lynchburg, Va., and used the opportunity to play a rare round of golf with my brother. It was the first time I’d played in two years and frankly, it looked like it.

I was so pumped up to get out there and get started that I rejected any suggestion to go to the driving range or putting green. Let’s just grip it and rip it, I said! I teed up my ball on the first hole, took a mighty swing and proceeded to pop it straight up about 10 yards in front of me. Okay, no problem, I’ll use a mulligan. I teed it up again, took another mighty swing, and again, popped it straight up about 15 yards in front of me. I think you get the picture as to how the rest of the day went.

It was not a total loss, however. I did at least par one hole (an over-the-water par 3, no less) and hit quite a few drives on the back nine pretty well. I did just well enough to want to come back and try again.

Now, about 20 years ago, I used play pretty regularly, at least once a week with my work colleagues. At one point, I was almost playing bogey golf, so I want to say that I had some idea as to what to do out there. However, when one only plays once a year (if that), one tends to forget all the intricacies of a basic golf swing. Had I taken a trip or two to the driving range and putting green before playing, perhaps I would’ve been more successful.

That’s my link to the grants world. If you’re a grant applicant who has gone a few years between administering grant programs, you really ought to make sure you are up-to-date with any changes in laws, policies or regulations. Don’t just send in the application thinking that just because you ran a program a few years back that you can just pick up where you left off and start anew. Make sure to read the terms and conditions of the program; be aware of regulatory changes (Thompson’s line of grants products can assist with this); and make sure you have the staff to handle the reporting requirements. Don’t take this lightly. Just like golf, grants are very complicated. Heck, just look at Tiger Woods these days.

Do you have other words of warning or advice for prospective grantees who have been out of the business for a while? Let us know because I’m sure it would help others out there.


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