BY KATHLEEN KLAWITTER
Have you ever experi- enced a time when everything was going your way, you were
making a difference, then suddenly
someone or something took it all away?
I did, in a big way.
In the late 1980’s, I resigned from a
stressful job in Chicago, sold my home
and moved to California to become a
golf professional. In one year, I had my
LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) card to play, compete and teach.
I would hit hundreds of golf balls on
the range each day, and people would
ask me how I hit the ball so far and so
straight. I started to coach them one by
one, and I soon realized my true gift
and fulfillment came in helping people
to believe in themselves so they could
become better golfers.
As a teaching professional, my entrepreneurial skills soon kicked in. Besides
golf lessons and short-game clinics, I
facilitated a one-of-a-kind ladies’ golf
league for beginners with on course
instruction—and no score was kept. It
was very popular and the players had
fun while learning to make golf shots.
I coached a women’s college golf
team, where we remained undefeated,
won a couple of championships, and I
was named Coach of the Year. I wrote
golf articles on the body, mind and spirit
of the game, not just the mechanics, and
offered guided meditations to quiet the
mind for higher golf performance. I was
a pioneer in this new golf approach,
which was cutting edge in the early 90’s.
I was guest speaker in the Fall Health
Classic Series in California, along with
Dr. Benjamin Spock, Mishio Kushi and
Dr. Saul Miller. I was on top of my
game, making a difference not only for
people in their golf performance, but
their daily lives as well.