An Open Letter to The PGA Of America, The PGA Tour, The USGA and Mr. Ben Crane

All too often are today’s sports headlines littered with tag lines of spousal abuse, illegal betting, coaches and players cheating, DUI’s, drug use, sex, game suspensions, and rules violations.

But hey…if it bleeds, it leads right? 

Not in the case of Mr. Ben Crane, a PGA Tour veteran and viral internet sensation (you may know him from the Golf Boys) who DQ’ed himself after moving a rock in a hazard during the second round the of Shriner’s Hospitals for Children Open. On Friday, Crane was well within the cut line at -4, an especially favorable position for a guy who’s at 308th in the OWGR. Not only are dollars on the line, but his status on the PGA Tour is too.

Say what you will about the Rules of Golf, (because what you choose to uphold during a casual round is entirely up to you, and if you’re playing in competition…sorry, get over it), Ben Crane is a superb role model for today’s up and coming athletes.

He stands by the comments Davis Love III wrote in the PGA Tour Players Devotional this week:

A clear conscience is more valuable than whatever is tempting you.”

Crane offered his M.O. via twitter:

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There certainly have been occasions of game-tainting dishonesties in golf that have caught us with our pants down. And we absolutely can’t ignore them. Still, perhaps those instances don’t occur all that frequently enough to teeter the saw.

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And with guys like Crane who keep piling on the virtue, the traditions of the game and the game itself will continue to rise above society’s increasingly disruptive and narcissistic mentality.

There is one thing for certain; if you do what is right, you’ll learn to live right.

You want your kid to grow up learning how to live right? Introduce him or her to the game of golf. Rest assured that as they dig deep into the archives of the lives of most of today’s golfers and stories revolving around them, they’ll find more good than evil. They’ll find more references to good sportsmanship than foul play. They’ll find charitable human beings who follow the rules and uplift each other, even amidst competition.

Left and right, players on Tour congratulate and commend their adversaries for good play, good sportsmanship, and good character.

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It’s not too often you see a tweet from a football safety commending the opposing team’s wideout for beating him deep, late in the 4th quarter.

Thank you, Ben Crane for being someone to look up to, and for living in honor.  Thank you, PGA of America, PGA Tour, and USGA for standing by your beliefs and upholding the values and traditions of the game.  And thank you all for giving me the opportunity to work, live and breathe as a PGA professional; a title I am proud to sign my name by.

I’ll leave you with a quote from one of my favorite golf books. First to name it gets a free gift from DLG!

“What will your epitaph say?”

Cordially,

-Dave Nastalski
Founder +  Co-Owner
Dirty Larry Golf + The Navigator Training Aid

 

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