Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:48:57
As the year nears the end, I'm still busy working on my game in anticipation of 2013. I'm really hoping to get off to a good start next year and so I'm still hard at work.
I've been practicing at home - it's actually been so nice in Utah that I've been spending some of the time outside - and I've also spent some time in Palm Springs.
My first event will be the SONY Open in Hawaii and I'll head over a bit early - who wouldn't want to spend some extra time over there?
My last event was the Franklin Templeton Shootout, where I partnered with Mark Calcavecchia. It's a fun event and Calc is great to play with. He doesn't take things too seriously and there are always lots of laughs. It's a good way to end the year.
For now, however, my focus is on the holiday season. My family and I are heading to Vermont to visit some relatives and then heading back to Sarnia to spend Christmas with the entire Weir family. My mother has been reminding me the last few months that it's been three years since we were back home for Christmas and so it was an easy choice to make to head home.
The Weir family Christmas is lots of fun. It usually means too much food and maybe a few too many drinks after dinner. There's always a big dinner and the boys sit around the table after the meal is done and tell stories late into the night.
Christmas, for me, brings back lots of memories. I recall one year when I was about 16, that I got a card that had a picture of a set of Wilson irons, some really nice blades. The card was from Steve Bennett, the golf professional who gave me my first job. I called him and asked why he'd given me a picture of these irons. He told me that he'd ordered me a new set. That was a pretty amazing present.
Over the years there were lots of golf presents under the tree. I used to get some great golf books from my parents; I love reading about the old players and different swing techniques.
Of course these days I'm giving presents to my girls and they've been asking for all the stuff you'd expect. I'm sure it will be a good Christmas when everything from Santa gets opened.
I hope the holiday is good for you too. I hope that it's filled with family and good times. I am truly thankful for the support you've given me over the past year.
If you have time between now and Christmas, I would ask you to do something to help out those less fortunate. It can be something as simple as dropping your loose change into a Salvation Army bucket, taking an unwrapped toy to an agency or taking some food to the local food bank. It's a simple act that can make a big difference in someone's life.
Thanks again for the support. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and here's to 2013.