Just some thoughts:
That’s an expression I am sure we all have heard and probably even had said to us.
For some reason that I cannot fully explain, as I age I am finding myself repeating some things. I find myself seeking out old movies and watching them again, seeking out places I have been and going again. I have especially found myself reading books that I have read before. Even going to the trouble to go to the local library and look for a certain book I have previously read. Maybe I just finding something comfortable in doing such. Who knows? I guess it never hurts to see a movie again or read a book you have read previously.
Not long ago I sat with a young recent college graduate and he said, “There are a couple places I would sure like to send a resume but I’m just not sure if I should.” I told him, “Send them, it never hurts to ask to be noticed.”
My good friend Tom Meeks, who like me is retired from the USGA and now lives in Noblesville, Indiana, did something many years ago that I think paid off for him big time by adopting that phrase of “It never hurts to ask.”
In the early 1970s’ Tom was the Executive Director of the Indiana Golf Association when he wrote a letter to the United States Golf Association P.J. Boatright about a rules of golf matter. At the end of his letter he wrote: “By the way, does the USGA ever add staff from outside and if so, how would one go about getting involved.?” Pretty straight forward question, kinda like “It never hurts to ask.”
The following winter at a rules seminar in San Diego Meeks and Boatwright path’s crossed. Boatwright tells Meeks of a addition the USGA is seeking to make to their staff. Tom applies, is hired and the rest is history. That would have be around 1974 or 1975. Mr.Meeks spent thirty plus years on staff at the USGA.
In 1979 I was contacted by Mr. Meeks and was offered and accepted a position on staff with him at the USGA. When Tom had left his position with the Indiana Golf Association, I had said to him, “I’d appreciate it if you might remember me if you ever know or hear of an opening in golf administration.” I ended up spending nearly twenty-five years on staff of the USGA.
My advice to anyone and especially any recent college graduate seeking employment:
“It will never hurt to ask.”
(Note: Picture is of the USGA museum in Far Hills, N.J. where it along with the corporate offices of the USGA are located.)
June 4, 2018
Posted July 16, 2018