When I started playing golf, my focus was to play well, become as good a player as I could and earn as much money, as possible. Today I know that I would never be where I am without all the support and assistance I have received through the years. That insight helped me to open up to assist others and also to choose to openly share my experiences and growth.
Now it feels great to be able to “pay it forward” in different ways. Of course it is fun to win golf tournaments. It’s the icing on the cake when I play well and the results are coming. But the true and lasting joy is to be able to make a difference. I have learned that small things can mean a whole lot for somebody else - for instance that I take the time to respond with a letter or send an email to someone who have contacted me.
Before each tournament I decide a percentage of the prize money that I will put aside for The Opening Key foundation and or some other special event or purpose. If I’m lying in the middle of the field during a tournament, it might not make that much of a difference for me personally, if I end up 43rd or 42nd. So for me, this has become an extra driving force and motivation to make an extra effort.
The Opening Key Foundation
When I started playing golf as a child, there were many adults around me who spent time and shared their experience, so that I could develop as a person and a golfer. I know that if they had not invested and believed in me, I would not be where I am today.
I started The Opening Key Foundation 2006, with the intent to act as a door opener that contributes to new job opportunities, individual growth and development in other areas. Then I was at a point in my career when I had the opportunity to make my plans reality. I plan to continue giving a part of the prize money to The Opening Key Foundation, and other projects so I can pass on some of what I was privileged to receive.