Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mark Burk

I fell upon this show by accident, but the Golf Channel has a new series titled "Pipe Dream." It is the story about a professional golfer (professional because he was paid, not because he was on the PGA Tour), who has been accused of domestic violence and ends up homeless on the streets living in a culvert pipes that are stacked next to train tracks.

I must admit that I don't know that much about his story, only that he has spent everything he ever made to "clear his name" (I'm not sure if he was convicted, pleaded guilty, found innocent, entered a plea agreement, etc.).

His dream is to continue to attempt making it through the qualifying school for the PGA Champions Tour, which is for those aged 50 and over. In addition to trying to survive, he spends time each day stretching and practicing his swing. After not playing for a couple of years, he shot a three over on a previous episode.

There are two lessons to be learned. One is the obvious of having a goal and not taking no for an answer. Mark is prepared to do whatever it takes to reach his goal and realizes that there is no substitute for hard work.

But in the broader picture, there is an lesson that shouldn't be underscored and that is to not put yourself in vulnerable positions.

As I said, I don't know a lot of the background of the story. But regardless of innocence or guilt, Mark put himself in a position that he is now paying dearly for. And while we are all victims of circumstances at one point or another in our lives and we can't control everything that is written, printed or said about us, we can certainly avoid situation that seem uneasy.

I'm anxious to see how Mark's story unfolds.

Pipe Dream airs Tuesdays at 9:30.

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