A Lesson Learned from My Recent Golf Outing — Part 2

July 29, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

877940_golfBack about a year-and-a-half ago, I wrote a blog post about a round of golf I played with my brother. The post basically discussed how terribly I played because it was the first time I had played in two years and the fact that I had failed to practice. Maybe if I had gone to the driving range or putting green in the days leading up to my round, I would’ve fared better.

I also used the opportunity to discuss how grant applicants that haven’t submitted a proposal in quite some time should realize that requirements have changed and to get up to speed on those requirements before forging ahead like I did with my golf game.

All this brings us to last week. I was on vacation in South Carolina with my brother’s family and again had a chance to take him on in a round of golf. Although I didn’t go to a driving range this time, I did spend several days before swinging clubs in my yard working on my hand-eye coordination. I figured that would help me hit it longer and straighter. For the most part, that worked. However, what I couldn’t practice in my yard was putting. Alas, my putting was atrocious. (As a side note, we played miniature golf two days later and I beat everyone in the family – perhaps I should’ve pretended there was a windmill and a clown’s mouth on the golf course.)

All this leads me to add that there are several aspects to golf that require practice, from driving to chipping to putting. Grants are the same way. There are many facets to grants, from preaward to post-award to closeout and audit. Even if you are well-versed in one aspect, perhaps preaward, if you are not up on your game in post-award, your grant could face as many pitfalls as my round of golf. I wrote back in 2011 that Thompson’s grants products were an excellent source to stay abreast in administering your grant, and the same holds true today. We offer a full line from preaward to post-award to single audit. We also offer valuable webinars to keep attendees up-to-date on key grants issues. Golf can be fun but it can be frustrating without proper preparation. Ditto for grants.

Can you find other ways grants are like golf? Let us know. This could be fun!         

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