Inside Sports for Wednesday — December 14, 2005

• I’m addicted to the grass

I’m addicted to the grass

By Duane Shimogawa Jr. – The Garden Island

Okay, so it’s not the type of grass you’re thinking about. Instead, it’s much better and healthier.

However, they both might help you lose weight, but the one I’m talking about isn’t illegal.

For the past two months, I’ve been fighting an addiction known as golf. It’s a hard habit to kick and when I think I can go a couple of days without it, the game starts to get into my veins once again, especially when there are friends who share the same addiction.

I never thought I’d be so obsessed with golf, especially since I just started playing regulary, for just a few months.

I find myself stopping at the Golf Channel and staring at my TV set for hours at a time, trying to find tips and ways to improve my game.

For one, I used to despise the Golf Channel because I didn’t think any single sport deserved a channel all to itself, but I was wrong and the Golf Channel is probably one of the most-watched sportsrelated channels on the tube today.

At first, Nat “Mr. Eagle” Childs and I decided to hit the course for a funfilled and friendly game of golf about a couple of months ago.

And now it’s turned into a two, three, or sometimes four times a week event for the two of us.

We also acquired another person to our addiction. Her name is Traci Nakahara, who is also our classmate.

Wailua Golf Course is usually where we hit it up, but due to our need to see what the other courses have to offer, we ventured off to Puakea, Kiahuna, and Kuku’iolono.

The Mokihana Course at Kaua’i Lagoons and the Makai Course at the Princeville Resort will be the sites for our next adventures.

I’ve learned that golf is a game that can be relaxing and stressful and the same time.

If you think you’re good, then you’re definitely not going to get better. Golf is a tough sport to master, and there are so many individuals who will never be good at it.

But the pursuit to be good is what I think drives people to the sport. Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie have definitely helped with filling up the courses all over the nation. But as most golfers know, there’s nothing like hitting a great tee shot or sinking a long putt for an eagle or birdie.

It’s just too hard to describe this addiction, but I know I’m definitely not alone in this good fight called golf.

There are thousands of people on this island who share the same type of feelings about the game.

It’s one of the few sports where you’ll see individuals ranging from age four to 100 teeing up on a daily basis.

So about this addiction: It’s something I won’t need to kick anytime soon. Instead, I hope it continues, because it’s a healthy one that might be only a hard thing for my wallet to take!


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