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Golf: Six-hour Rounds and Traveling Around Like a Gypsy

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‘Part of the challenge for Mav (Maverick McNealy son of Scott McNealy who co-founded Sun Microsystems) and the thing I worry about most is will he get intellectually bored after three years, trying to spend eight hours a day on the range, playing six-hour rounds and traveling around like a gypsy?”

That’s from Brian Costa at The Wall Street Journal who headlines his article, “Why America’s Best Golf Prospect May Never Turn Pro…Maverick McNealy—Stanford star and son of Sun Microsystems’ co-founder—is not certain that pro golf is what he wants to do with his life.”

Virtually unparalleled
Brian Costa writes, “Less than a year from his expected graduation, McNealy said he is seriously considering passing on pro golf for a career in business, a decision that would be virtually unparalleled in the modern world of big-money sports.”

For the record and just noting how Mav rank as a golfer, he’s second in the world’s amateur listings, a Walker cupper and has played in the U.S. Open.

Consider this
Brian writes, “To understand the rarity of what the 20-year-old McNealy is contemplating, consider this: Among his highest accolades is the Haskins Award, which has been presented annually to the nation’s best collegiate male golfer since 1971. Every other player to win it turned pro. Since 1990, the recipients have gone on to earn more than $600 million in prize money and untold millions in endorsements.”

To whom much is given, much is expected
Mav quotes his father who turn may well have been quoting from Bill Gates’ Harvard speech in saying, “To whom much is given, much is expected,” and for sure Mav has been given much in the way of opportunities to be the best he can be.
Maverick majors in management science and engineering and maybe he will decide to take the road less travelled and forgo the opportunity to, “earn more than $600 million in prize money and untold millions in endorsements,” especially since it means he can skip playing the role of a gypsy.

Here’s the link to Brian Costa

Quote of the Day
 “Well dad, I’m not even sure that does it for me.” - Maverick McNealy replying to his father when asked what if he could become the next Jordan Spieth?


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