Julie Miller, EWGA Member since 2008
Until recently, the only time I had been on a golf course was in the late 80’s when my employer sponsored a hole during a customer golf tournament and my job as a sales rep was to hand out sleeves of logo golf balls to everyone who played. Not bad work, if you can get it! However, I was there very early to set up when unexpected sprinklers came on and, if someone had captured it and sent it to America’s Funniest Videos, it just might be a classic by now!
Fast forward to Summer of 2006 when my parents planned to celebrate their 50th by inviting the family to Club Med. Although my father passed away before the trip, we still celebrated his/their life at the urging of my mom. I tried a few holes for the first time on a golf course with an assortment of siblings, nieces, and nephews, and was immediately bitten by the golf bug.
After the trip, I asked my mom if I could have Dad’s clubs and bag. She carefully packed the items up and sent them via UPS; I ceremoniously opened the packages with a couple of cold Michelob Lights – he would have wanted it that way! I took a few lessons and I was hooked.
I have been in sales and recruiting for over 25 years and I absolutely love what I do. I’ve sold consumer and surgical products, owned my own company, and recently moved into the academia arena as a recruiter for the Executive MBA at Kennesaw State University. It’s an MBA for experienced professionals and classes take place one weekend per month for 19 months (shameless plug). I have two grown children who make me very proud, and yet keep me humble at the same time.
When it comes to golf, I’m often frustrated, slowly improving, and loving the game more each time I play. Some days I think that I could play an entire 18 holes with just a few clubs; other times I’m glad there’s a variety of clubs in the bag to try. I eventually purchased a used set of women’s clubs, but I still use my dad’s putter and driver (fondly referred to by my friends as “a ham on a stick”). The only thing that could make me enjoy golf more would be to play a few rounds with my dad.
For this, I’ll wait patiently until a tee time is scheduled for me, on the beautiful greens of Heaven.