The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

March 26, 2013

My journey to God via the golf course

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 — “Talk to God and listen to his casual reply”

-John Denver

"I'm going to give you a little advice. There's a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.

-Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) in the movie Caddyshack

My road to golf and to Clay Hamrick was a spiritual one.

December 2011 caused me to face my two biggest fears: surgery and prostate surgery in particular.

My father died a painful death from prostate cancer at age 59.   My worst fear was the blockage that landed me in the emergency room that year.  The doctors drained 17 pounds of fluid from my bladder. I was lucky to be alive. Then, I had to face my next biggest fear: surgery.

I help people who receive large sums of money and I’m an expert in structured settlements.  Although I’m known for lottery winners, the vast majority of my clients are injury victims and many big cases come from medical malpractice. 

I’ve seen people go in for routine surgery and die. I’ve seen others come out in wheelchairs.  Although statistically, the overwhelming majority of people who have surgery come out fine, I’ve spent 30 years with the ones who don’t.

I made it from age five to age 52 without being in a hospital.  Suddenly, I did not have a choice.

Then, I did something I had not done in a long time. I prayed. And I got an army of people, mostly from my Facebook page, to pray along with me. 

Prayer gave me the peace and the courage to face the surgery.

Which did not go well.

Although I have 12 years of Catholic education and  once served as president of my church council,  I had fallen away from organized religion years ago. Being in a potential life or death situation changed that tune immediately.

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