Golf is Not My Cup of Tee

Golf is a game played with a series of thin sticks that are bent at one end. With those sticks, a player hits a tiny ball down a beautiful grassy area, dotted with trees and bodies of water. Those beautiful trees move and the sparkling water expands while your head is down so that your ball will be sure to hit one or the other.

When this happens, you muster up as much indignant rage as you can (without being thrown off the course) to get your ball back on the grass. If you’re lucky, the tiny ball will go flying around the tree or out of the water. And with even more luck, it will land on the nicely groomed grass around the tiny cup someone dug in the ground.

Unfortunately, this is very hard to do because someone thought it was a great idea to stick a flagpole in the tiny cup to block any chance of the tiny ball actually going into the cup. Occasionally, someone who is really, really lucky will get the tiny ball into the tiny hole on the first whack. They call this an ace or a hole-in-one. My golf game is more like a hole-in-the-head.

Most people think golf originated in Scotland but the earliest mention of a game similar to golf was in 8th century China. The game “Chuiwan” literally means, “striking a small ball.”

Golf is also called a sport of kings. It definitely is because only a king would play a game that requires someone (not the king) to carry his sack of sticks around on their back for four hours while the king rides around in a cart and drinks beer.

With that being said, I want to invite you to attend the First Annual Oil & Gas Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, April 22, 2013 benefiting the Houston Food Bank*.


Playing golf should not only be fun, it should also get you out of a day’s work and benefit a great cause. Our cause is the Houston Food Bank. The Houston Food Bank serves the greater Houston area, including neighboring Montgomery, Brazoria and Galveston counties. They provide an estimated 50 million meals every year! And that number has grown in these tough economic times.

Don’t forget to bring several bags of canned food with you to check-in. If you’re lucky, you might be able to convince someone you’re the king and they’ll carry your clubs and canned food in from the parking lot for you.

We are also looking for sponsors, so if you are interested, please contact Jerry Murphy at 832-284-2955 or email him at  For more information or to register go to:


* About the Houston Food Bank

Since 1982, the Houston Food Bank has served 137,000 hungry people a week by distributing food to 500 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, homeless shelters, women’s shelters and other social service agencies in 18 counties in southeast Texas. That translates to 50 million meals a year! They distribute fresh produce, meat and non-perishables items, as well as, hot and pre-prepared meals for homebound seniors, veterans and children. They give out backpacks stocked with food for schoolchildren who come from food insecure families so these kids will have food over the weekends and during the summer months.

And all this happens with the help of 259,000 volunteers! Did you know the Houston Food Bank is a private non-profit? That means they receive no money from United Way or the government. That means it all has to come from people like you! You can even donate without playing golf.

Meat and milk are absolutely essential for good health and yet are the most under donated foods at food banks. Please consider bringing canned milk (not powdered) and meat, such as, tuna fish, salmon, sardines, chicken, ham, roast beef or sausage, but go easy on the Spam! Let’s make this golf event the meatiest donation the Houston Food Bank has ever seen!

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